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Chris Barrett is International Professor of Applied Economics and Management in the Department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. Professor Barrett teaches and conducts research in the areas of international development, environmental and resource economics, international trade, markets and price analysis, agricultural production and distribution, and applied econometrics. His research program has three principal foci: (1) poverty, hunger, food security, economic policy, and the structural transformation of low-income societies; (2) issues of individual and market behavior under risk and uncertainty; and (3) the interrelationship between poverty, food security, and environmental stress in developing areas. Professor Barrett is editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, an associate editor of Environment and Development Economics and the Journal of African Economies and World Development, and is co-director of the Cornell African Food Security and Natural Resources Management Program.

Jan Bojö is an Advisor in the World Bank’s Office of the Vice President for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development. This unit oversees and coordinates work in Departments for Agriculture and Rural Development, Environment, and Social Development. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Bojö’s operational work has focused on project management in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly South Africa and Eritrea. He was one of the principal authors of the Africa Region Environment Strategy (261KB PDF) for the World Bank in 1996, and contributed actively to the overall Bank strategy for environment in 2001. His most recent publications revolve around enhancing the environment in the context of poverty reduction.

Aaron Cosbey
is an environmental economist specializing in the areas of trade and sustainable development, investment, climate change and international environmental governance. He is Associate and Senior Advisor, Trade & Investment and Associate, Climate Change & Energy at the International Institute for Sustainable Development, Winnipeg. He serves also on the Deputy Minister for International Trade’s Academic Advisory Council on Canadian Trade Policy; the Minister for International Trade’s Environmental Sectoral Advisory Group on International Trade, where he chairs the SAGIT’s Working Group on the FTAA. He has published widely for over twelve years in the area of trade and sustainable development.

Geoff Dabelko directs the Environmental Change and Security Project (ECSP), a nonpartisan policy forum on environment, population, and security issues located in Washington, DC at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Recent research has focused on environmental pathways to peace and confidence-building in publications such as Environmental Peacemaking co-edited with Ken Conca. Geoff was part of the author team for the recent USAID Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation toolkits on conflict over water, forests, and minerals. He also edited and contributed to the 2004 UNEP report Understanding Environment, Conflict, and Cooperation. He has held prior positions at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Foreign Policy Magazine. Geoff is co-editor with Ken Conca of Green Planet Blues: Environmental Politics from Stockholm to Johannesburg (3rd ed., 2004) and editor of the annual Environmental Change and Security Project Report. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of advisory boards for the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and the UN Environment Programme’s Environment and Conflict Prevention Initiative. He has a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland and an AB in Political Science from Duke University.

Gary Eilerts was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ivory Coast, before receiving his Bachelor’s in Geography, and a Masters in Regional Planning from the UCLA School of African Studies. After five years directing an NGO development program in Niger, he came to Washington, where he worked for a year as a consultant on Middle Eastern, African and Central American development activities, followed by two years with a U.S. foundation working in the appropriate technology field as its West African projects manager. In 1986 Gary joined the Washington staff of the USAID Famine Early Warning System (FEWS) as a country analyst, and he became FEWS’ Deputy Director in 1989. In 1992 he left Washington for Harare, Zimbabwe, to become FEWS’ Southern Africa Regional Representative. In 1998, Gary began working first with FAO, and then with WFP/VAM as a Senior Food Security Advisor, working out of Rome. In 2002, he joined USAID’s Office of Food for Peace as the FEWS NET Program Manager, and opened new FEWS NET activities in Afghanistan, Central America and Haiti.

Norbert Henninger is Deputy Director of the World Resources Institute’s Global Information Program. He is responsible for creating tools that increase access to and use of creditable data and indicators for development decisions. His current research focuses on developing spatial indicators of ecosystem goods and services and linking them to poverty maps. Past experiences include developing an indicator framework to measure public access to environmental decision-making, providing advisory services to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and promoting the concept of and applications for poverty maps. Previously, he coordinated the Pilot Analysis of Global Ecosystems (PAGE), a first overview of the global conditions of ecosystems and the primary goods and services provided by them.

Nalin Kishor
has worked on economic development and poverty reduction issues for more than 15 years, including over 12 years at the World Bank. His recently co-authored book, The Quality of Growth, explores the empirical relationships between economic development and stocks of physical, human and natural capital in a country, and recommends how these capital stocks can be augmented to achieve rapid, equitable and stable growth. His work focuses on environment and natural resource management, as well as on the policy and institutional challenges of mainstreaming natural resource management into overall economic development. He is particularly interested in processes through which to foster sustainable forest management and improve governance and forest law enforcement. He was a principal organizer of the Bali Ministerial Conference on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance, which proved to be path-breaking in promoting international cooperation to control illegal logging. He holds a Ph.D in Economics, with specializations in environment and natural resources, public finance and econometrics.

John Lamb is an agricultural trade expert specializing in sector/sub sector policy and strategies for value chain, supply chain and cluster development, particularly for non-traditional export products. He is Principal Associate (Agribusiness) at Abt Associates Inc; Technical Director for the USAID West African Cotton Assessment, for the Trade Competitiveness Component of the Southern Africa Global Competitiveness Hub, and for WTO’s Model Arrangements for SPS Stakeholder Involvement; and Agricultural Markets and Trade Specialist for the IDB/USAID/World Bank Central American Conference on International Trade and Development of the Rural Economy. He crafted a knowledge portal called Decision Support System for Agricultural Trade Programming for USAID/EGAT, and has worked on several other USAID projects. John has published widely on competitiveness, trade, diversification, market development, agricultural organizations, emerging standards, and agriculture-poverty linkages.

Ruth Meinzen-Dick
is a Senior Research Fellow in the Division of Environment and Production Technology at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). IFPRI is one of 15 food and environmental research organizations known as the Future Harvest centers. The centers, located around the world, conduct research in partnership with farmers, scientists, and policymakers to help alleviate poverty and increase food security while protecting the natural resource base. Dr. Meinzen-Dick’s research deals with water resource management, property rights, and collective action. Much of her field work has been conducted in South Asia and Southern Africa.

Augusta Molnar
is Director of the Community and Markets Program at Forest Trends. Her work focuses on strategic analyses of trends and opportunities for community forest enterprises with country analyses of Brazil and Mexico, strategic analyses of trends and issues in forest certification, and support to forest communities for exchange of experiences, market intelligence and trends in policy frameworks for forest conservation and forest management. Before joining Forest Trends in 2002, Augusta was a project officer in the World Bank for a portfolio of natural resource management and indigenous peoples’ projects in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. From 1988 to 2002, she coordinated World Bank projects in Central America and Mexico on land administration, biodiversity conservation, indigenous peoples’ profiles and forestry; and provided social and gender analysis to forestry and rural development projects in South and Southeast Asia. She has worked as a consultant to UNICEF, USAID, the FAO, the Government of Nepal and the World Bank. She has a doctorate in anthropology and a master’s degree in South Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin.

Kevin O’Neil is an Associate Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), where he focuses on European Asylum and Migration Policy and on the North American Borders and Migration Agenda, as well as migration and economic development. He has worked on MPI’s projects advising the Dutch Presidency of the European Union, the Norwegian Immigration Directorate and the Italian Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare on migration management. Most recently, he co-authored two studies for the European Commission: Efficient Practices for the Selection of Economic Migrants (140KB PDF) (with Demetrios Papademetriou) and Observations on Regularization and the Labor Market Performance of Unauthorized and Regularized Migrants (199KB PDF) (with Demetrios Papademetriou and Maia Jachimowicz). Other recent publications include Immigration: Mapping the New North American Reality (131KB PDF) (co-authored with Deborah Meyers) in Policy Options. He contributes to MPI’s Migration Information Source on migration and development and the response of migrant source countries to migration. Prior to joining MPI, he was a fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, studying fire departments in New Zealand, South Korea and Chile, and training firefighters in Bolivia.

John Pender leads IFPRI’s research program on policies for sustainable development of less-favored lands. His research focuses on the impacts of policies, institutions and technologies on livelihood strategies, land management, agricultural production, poverty and natural resource sustainability in less-favored areas having low agricultural potential or low access to markets and infrastructure. The research also seeks to understand the trade-offs or synergies among these outcomes resulting from different policy and program interventions. Most of his work has focused on the highlands of East Africa, the hillsides of Central America, and semi-arid parts of India. Pender joined IFPRI in 1995 after working as an assistant professor of economics at Brigham Young University. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications related to development strategies in less-favored areas, including several papers published in a recent special issue of the journal Food Policy on less-favored areas, which he co-edited, and the IFPRI 2020 Focus Brief series Promoting Sustainable Development in Less-Favored Areas.

C. Anthony Pryor, Senior Manager at the International Resources Group, Ltd. (IRG), is a widely recognized leader and development expert with more than 25 years of experience, including 18 years as a senior advisor, program designer, and leader in USAID procedural reforms. He developed many of USAID’s programming tools and procedures and is one of the few individuals authorized to train USAID employees on programming policies. Mr. Pryor leads IRG in developing a new practice of knowledge management and development, a range of tools and approaches related to sharing, leadership, and teamwork. He received an M.A. in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Sara Scherr
is an agricultural and natural resource economist specializing in land and forest management policy in tropical developing countries. She is Director of Ecosystem Services for Forest Trends, an NGO that promotes forest conservation through improved markets for forest products and ecosystem services. She also serves as Director of Ecoagriculture Partners, an international partnership to promote increased productivity jointly with enhanced natural biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes. She is a member of the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Hunger, and a member of the Board of Directors of the World Agroforestry Centre. She has published numerous papers and 11 books, including Ecoagriculture: Strategies to Feed the World and Save Wild Biodiversity (with Jeff McNeely) and A New Agenda for Forest Conservation and Poverty Reduction: Making Markets Work for Low-Income Producers (3.534MB Winzip containing 4.067MB PDF) (with Andy White and David Kaimowitz). Dr. Scherr’s current work focuses on policies to reduce poverty and restore ecosystems through markets for carbon sequestration, watershed protection and biodiversity protection services; strategies to promote ecoagriculture; and development of local institutions for natural resource management.

Miguel Schloss is a Managing Partner at DAMConsult, Ltd. in Washington D.C., where he works with strategic planning; policy, regulatory and governance issues; quality assurance and internal control arrangements; financial and organizational structuring, and resource mobilization. Prior to that, he was Executive Director at Transparency International in Berlin, Germany. There he was responsible to the Chairman and Board for Latin America, Africa, and Middle East Regions, including local offices, and was responsible for overall financial management of the organization. While there he led program development, and addressed policy and strategic implications as well as programmatic implementation and coordination with partners and country officials. During almost 30 years with the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., he served variously as Division Chief for (1) Corporate & Budget Planning, (2) Industry & Energy (Africa) and Telecommunications & Mining (world wide), and (3) regional activities in Colombia, Paraguay, and Uruguay. He has contributed some 20 articles to major international journals and made contributions to books dealing with issues of governance, strategies, budgets, planning financial and banking restructuring, energy policies, industrial development, telecommunications, and economic and development policies. He holds degrees in Economics and Finance from the Universidad Católica in Chile and Columbia University, and completed an Executive Development Program at Harvard and Stanford Universities.

Dan Tunstall is Director for the Global Information Program at World Resources Institute (WRI). His principal interests are in the area of environment and development indicators, state of environmental reporting, ecosystem assessments, and information policy. Mr. Tunstall was instrumental in planning and developing WRI’s flagship publication, World Resources starting in 1983 and now, with a staff of 12, directs its work on indicators of ecosystem goods and services, materials flow accounting, sustainable development, poverty and ecosystem mapping, and the EarthTrends website. More recently, WRI has been assisting the Earth Charter community in developing techniques and indicators with which to more effectively measure goals and targets based on Earth Charter principles.

Peter Veit
is Regional Director for Africa in the Institutions and Governance Program at the World Resources Institute. World Resources Institute is an independent nonprofit environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people’s lives. Dr. Veit’s recent work has focused on a range of environmental governance matters, particularly environment/democracy and environment/human rights links. For over 15 years he has conducted research and written on community-based natural resource management, environmental decentralization, environmental advocacy, and other environmental accountability matters. He has undertaken long-term field research in a number of African countries, and has held a range of research and teaching positions at the University of California campuses at Santa Cruz and Davis.

Andrew Warner
is the Senior Economist at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a new U.S. foreign assistance corporation established by an act of Congress in January 2004. Previous to this he was a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Development and prior to that, at the Harvard Institute for International Development. He was also a visiting scholar at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Center for Global Development in Washington D.C. He has written numerous research articles on economic growth, international economics and the economics of developing countries. He was also a primary author of the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report between 1996 and 2002.

Katherine “Kadi” Warner is the Managing Director of the Forestry & Natural Resource Management Unit at Winrock International, a nonprofit organization that works with people around the world to increase economic opportunity, sustain natural resources, and protect the environment. Ms. Warner is responsible for directing Winrock’s long-term strategic programs in forestry and natural resources. She previously was senior forestry officer and head of the Community Forestry Unit for the Food & Agriculture Organization, and has also served as deputy director and head of Program Development for the Regional Community Forestry Training Center in Bangkok, Thailand. She has had extensive experience in Africa and Asia. She has published a range of articles and books focusing on community forestry and natural resource management, and made presentations at international fora, such as the World Conservation Congress and the World Forestry Congress.


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