Advisory Group Biographies

Prof. Sir Partha Dasgupta


Prof. Sir Partha Dasgupta, FRS FBA (India, United Kingdom)

Frank Ramsey Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Cambridge, UK; Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor at the New College of the Humanities, London.

Expertise in welfare and development economics; the economics of technological change; population, environmental, and resource economics; social capital; ecological economics, and the economics of malnutrition. In 2019 he led production of a report on the economics of biodiversity, commissioned by the UK government, and published in February 2021 with the title 'The Economics of Biodiversity: The Dasgupta Review’.

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Prof. Catherine Odora Hoppers


Prof. Catherine Odora Hoppers (Uganda, Sweden)

Professor Hoppers is a scholar and policy specialist on International Development, education, North-South questions, disarmament, peace, and human security. She is a UNESCO expert in basic education, lifelong learning, information systems and on Science and Society; an expert in disarmament at the UN Department of Disarmament Affairs; an expert to the World Economic Forum on benefit sharing and value addition protocols; and the World Intellectual Property Organisation on traditional knowledge and community intellectual property rights.

She got a Masters and PhD in International Education from Stockholm University, Sweden; was a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Orebro University (Sweden), and an Honorary Doctorate in Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa. In South Africa, Professor Hoppers was awarded Professor Extraordinarius in 2019 at University of South Africa (Pretoria). She held a South African Research Chair in Development Education at the University of South Africa (2008-2018) a National Chair set up by the Department of Science and Technology. Prior to that, she was a technical adviser on Indigenous Knowledge Systems to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (South Africa) and led the Task Team to draft the national policy on Indigenous Knowledge Systems.

She is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf, 2002), and a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS, 2012). In July 2015, she received the Nelson Mandela Distinguished Africanist Award from HE Thabo Mbeki for her pursuit of the total liberation for the African continent through the promotion of Indigenous Knowledge Systems of Education.

Prof. Azza Karam


Prof. Azza Karam (Egypt, Netherlands)

Secretary General, Religions for Peace - the largest multi-religious leadership platform with 92 national and 6 regional Interreligious Councils. Professorship of Religion and Development, Vrije Universiteit (Netherlands). Former Senior Advisor on Culture, UNFPA, former Senior Policy Research Advisor, UNDP, and Founder and Convenor of the UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Religion and Development.

Expertise in: interfaith initiatives; global multi-religious collaboration, gender issues, governance, human rights, conflict and humanitarian issues, political Islam. She has served in intergovernmental, international and non-governmental organisations, and has lectured in various academic institutions in Europe, North America (including the US Military Academy/West Point), and in the Arab region.

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Dr. Patrick Njoroge


Dr. Patrick Njoroge (Kenya)

Governor, Central Bank of Kenya. Dr Patrick Njoroge was reappointed Governor of the Central Bank with effect from June 18, 2019. He holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University, USA, and a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Economics from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

Prior to joining the Central Bank, Dr Njoroge had a long career, spanning 20 years, at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington, D.C., USA. At the IMF, he was advisor to the IMF Deputy Managing Director from December 2012. He also served as Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Finance Department and IMF Mission Chief for the Commonwealth of Dominica, as well as other capacities beginning in 1995.

Prior to joining the IMF, Dr Njoroge worked in Kenya as an economist at the Ministry of Finance and as a planning officer at the Ministry of Planning. His professional and research interests are in Macroeconomics, Economic Policy, International Finance, Development Economics, Econometrics and Monetary Policy.

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Mr. Janez Potočnik


Mr. Janez Potočnik (Slovenia)

International Resource Panel (IRP) and Special advisor on sustainability to European Commissioner for the Environment & Oceans and Fisheries. PHD in Economy, Former European Commissioner for Science and Research (2004-2009) and Environment (2009-2014); Former Minister for European Affairs in Slovenia.

Expertise in: natural resource management; resource efficiency; circular economy; sustainability.  Has served on the advisory board of the UNDP Human Development Report; recipient of numerous prizes including: 2013 UN Champions of the Earth Award, Catalan Association of research entities award; European Environmental Bureau (EEB) Twelve stars; WEF Circulars 2015, etc.

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Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea


Ms. Tarcila Rivera Zea (Peru)

Tarcila Rivera Zea from the Quechua-Chanka Nation of Peru is an important indigenous activist and recognized defender of the rights of indigenous girls, women, youth and peoples. With a career of more than 40 years, she contributes to the vindication of ancestral cultures, the strengthening of indigenous leaders and the fight against all forms of violence from her association CHIRAPAQ and other international spaces. Likewise, she promotes the coordination of organizational processes and the strengthening of the indigenous women's movement from the local to the global level.

At an international level, she has received awards from UNICEF, the Ford Foundation and the Sacred Fire Foundation. In Peru, from the Ministries of Culture and the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations for her distinguished career and valuable contributions to the promotion and defence of the rights of indigenous women and peoples. Likewise, by the National Elections Jury as a defender of democracy.

She is founder of the Continental Network of Indigenous Women of the Americas (ECMIA), the International Forum of Indigenous Women (FIMI-IIWF) and the Abya Yala Indigenous Forum (FIAY). She was also a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the International Advisory Group of Civil Society of UN Women, UNESCO’s International Commission on the Futures of Education, and in Peru, she was a member of the Court of Honor of the National Elections Jury.

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Ms. Emmanuela Shinta


Ms. Emmanuela Shinta (Indonesia)

Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, environmentalist, filmmaker and writer with a reputation for leading and empowering young indigenous people. In 2016, Shinta started the Youth Act Campaign, a movement which calls out for young people to actively engage in demanding climate justice and involve in climate action as the response to forest fire and haze that has happened in Kalimantan since 1997. Today, more than 200 young leaders from all across the island join as the main force of the green movement and hundreds of volunteers.

She has trained more than 170 young indigenous filmmakers and directed 18 indigenous films. She is the founder of Ranu Welum Foundation, International Indigenous Film Festival Network, and Alive Global Ministry which focuses on charity and healing. Shinta has been travelling the world for a storytelling tour with art performance, book reading, video showcase about Kalimantan and the Dayaks. She has been giving speeches and lectures about youth environmental activism and indigenous rights. She wrote a book in English entitled Me, Modernism and My Indigenous Roots which is about her life as an indigenous woman in the midst of industrialization and environmental destruction, and her journey to activism. She has been featured in UNICEF Global White Paper Women Health & Climate (2017), Asian Geographic issue 117 Planet Under Fire,  Age of Nature (2020), TEDx Talk (2020), The Guardian (2021).

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Mr. Achim Steiner


Mr. Achim Steiner (Germany-Brazil)

Administrator, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group. He is also Director of the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. Former UNEP Executive Director, former IUCN Director General; Secretary-General of the World Commission on Dams.

Expertise in: environmental sustainability, social equity; economic development; sustainable development, climate resilience and international cooperation.

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Mr. Dominic Waughray


Mr. Dominic Waughray

Senior Advisor to the CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).  Until 2021, Dominic championed the environmental sustainability agenda at the World Economic Forum (WEF) from his arrival in late 2005 as the inaugural Director of Environmental Initiatives. In January 2019 he became a Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board. During his tenure at the WEF, Dominic worked with many business leaders across all sectors, as well as representatives from governments, and international and civil society organizations at the highest level, cementing the role of business and public-private cooperation as a key component in shaping the global environmental agenda.

Prior to his role at the WEF, Dominic was with Environmental Resources Management (ERM) from 1998 to 2005, leaving ERM as a Principal Partner of the UK Operating Company and a member of the management committee. From 1994 to 1998, he was the inaugural environmental economist at the UK Natural Environment Research Council Institute of Hydrology. He was latterly a Visiting Scholar; Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment (Stanford University) and a Trustee of the Climate Group.

Dominic holds a Degree in Geography from Cambridge University UK, and a Master of Science in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from University College London. Dominic holds the following Advisory and Board positions: Governing Board Member, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), part of the CGIAR Centers; Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute (WRI); Trustee, The Clean Air Fund.

Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake


Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake (Sri Lanka)

Ms. Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. She is the youngest senior official in the UN and the first woman to hold this position. In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of the organization’s work — sustainable development, human rights, peace and security, and humanitarian action — and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General.

In 2019 Jayathma was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the “Time 100 Next: Rising stars shaping the future” and in 2020 she was recognized by Forbes magazine as part of its “30 under 30” list.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, including playing a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country.

Prior to taking up her post, Ms. Wickramanayake was instrumental in creating the movement for civic and political engagement of young people, especially young women, in Sri Lanka through the “Hashtag Generation” movement. Previously, she advocated for global youth development on an international level including as the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and as the youth lead negotiator and member of the International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 where she played a critical role in mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Process and in the establishment of World Youth Skills Day.

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