Leadership Dialogue 2: Biographies

Dominic Waughray

Dominic Waughray (UK)

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.

Reem Al-Saffar

Reem Al-Saffar (Iraq)

Reem Al-Saffar is a young Iraqi climate and social justice activist, environmentalist, biology student, and karateka. She works on raising awareness about climate change and the environmental crisis with an emphasis on youth and women's empowerment both region and globally. During the pandemic, she collaborated with her classmates to cofound Turkey's first inter-university climate crisis club- İklim Krizi Topluluğu which has its headquarters at Hacettepe University in Ankara. In 2021, she represented Iraq at the first ever youth COP during the Youth4Climate: Driving Ambition summit in Milan, Italy where she helped draft, edit and finalize the 'Non-State Actors' Engagement' Working Group section of the Youth4Climate Manifesto which was presented to world leaders at COP26. On 30 September 2021, she represented more than 400 youth delegates at the summit's closing press conference in the presence of high-level UN and government officials. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of MENA Youth Network; a hub for MENA youth and youth-led organizations to connect, learn and collaborate and to act as a platform where young climate and social justice advocates and leaders from the Middle East & North Africa coordinate their efforts and share their ideas to help build a better, greener future for all. She is a Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador for the 2022 cohort with the Global Youth Climate Network and Connect4Climate.

Gonzalo Muñoz

Gonzalo Muñoz (Chile)

Between 2019 and 2021, Gonzalo Muñoz held the global role as one of the two UN High Level Climate Action Champions for the Conference of the Parties (COP) and from that position he designed and co-led the global campaigns Race To Zero, Race To Resilience and GFANZ. Currently he is the chair of the advisory board for the UN High Level Climate Champions. Previously, he co-founded and led TriCiclos, one of the most recognised Latin American companies in circular economy and recycling. TriCiclos was also the first company to be certified as a B company outside North America. Gonzalo co-founded Sistema B and was Blab global board member for the last 7 years. He is also a member of the global board of the Global Foodbanking Network, and has been a member of the Chilean National Committees on Water, Climate Action, Green Hydrogen, Electromobility and Circular Economy. He is currently chairman at the board of TriCiclos and co-leader of Manuia, a strategic consulting firm founded in 2021 by TriCiclos, dedicated to helping companies incorporate ESG criteria in their business model, strategy and execution.

Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko

Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko (Angola)

H.E. Ambassador Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, an Angolan national, is a leading African Agronomist and Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development. of the African Union Commission. Prior to her election in January 2017, she was Special Adviser to two Ministers in Angola: The Angolan Minister of Environment where she also served as Ambassador responsible for Climate Change and advisor to the Minister of Agriculture in charge of Food Security and Poverty Reduction. Ambassador Sacko was also the former Secretary General of the Inter- African Coffee Organization (IACO), Abidjan Cote D’Ivoire for 13 years. During her tenure at IACO, she oversaw the coffee economy of 25 African Coffee producing countries and successfully championed the empowerment of small-scale coffee farmers across the continent by setting up Regional Centres of Excellence for capacity building of Member States, and Genetic Material Conservation among others. In recognition of her meritorious service, Ambassador Sacko has received numerous awards and recognition including: member of the United Nation’s Champions 12.3-a global coalition of sustainable food champions since 2018; At the invitation of the United Nations Secretary-General, she joined the Scale Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group in May 2019 in recognition of her strong commitment to the fight against malnutrition; she was named one of the 100 most influential people in climate policy in March 2019 for her efforts towards influencing climate policy in Africa; awarded the Prix De La Foundation 2019 by Crans, Montana, Brussels Belgium for her efforts to empower rural women on November 16, 2019; and one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African in December 2019 for her commitment to agriculture and defending the interests of African farmers. Ambassador Sacko is multilingual. She speaks fluent Portuguese, French, English, Spanish and Lingala.

David Boyd

David Boyd (Canada)

David R. Boyd was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment for a three-year term commencing August 1, 2018. He is an associate professor of law, policy, and sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Boyd has a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from UBC, a law degree from the University of Toronto, and a business degree from the University of Alberta. His career has included serving as the executive director of Ecojustice, appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada, and working as a special advisor on sustainability for Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin. He has advised many governments on environmental, constitutional, and human rights policy and co-chaired Vancouver’s effort to become the world’s greenest city by 2020. He is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law, an expert advisor for the UN’s Harmony with Nature Initiative, and a member of ELAW, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide.

Mr. Boyd is also the author of nine books and over 100 reports and articles on environmental law and policy, human rights, and constitutional law. His most recent books include The Rights of Nature (ECW Press, 2017), The Optimistic Environmentalist (ECW Press, 2015), Cleaner, Greener, Healthier: A Prescription for Stronger Canadian Environmental Laws and Policies (UBC Press, 2015) and The Environmental Rights Revolution: A Global Study of Constitutions, Human Rights, and the Environment (UBC Press, 2012).

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez (Costa Rica)

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez (Costa Rica)
Official bio

Carlos Manuel Rodriguez was selected as CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility in June 2020. Rodriguez, a Costa Rican national, was a pioneer in the development of Payment for Ecosystem Services and strategies for forest restoration, ocean conservation, and decarbonization. During his three terms as Environment and Energy Minister, Costa Rica doubled the size of its forests, made its electric sector fully renewable, and consolidated a national park system that has made the Central American country a prime ecotourism destination. Rodriguez has also founded and served on the board of several environmental NGOs and tropical research institutes. After his second tenure as minister, he was Vice President for Global Policy at Conservation International for 12 years.

Joan Carling

Joan Carling (Philippines)

Joan Carling is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera, Philippines with more than 20 years of working on indigenous issues from the grassroots to the international level.  Her work at the grassroots level in the Cordillera region for more than 10 years strengthened her knowledge and skills in advancing human rights including indigenous peoples rights.   She was elected twice as the General Secretary of the Asia Indigenous People Pact (AIPP) From September 2008 to December 2016. During her term, AIPP gained more visibility with the expansion of its member-organizations and  programmes; as well as sustained advocacy at the regional and global levels on the rights and wellbeing of indigenous peoples in Asia. Her expertise includes areas like human rights, sustainable development, the environment, and climate change. Ms Carling was an expert member of the UN   Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues from 2014-2016. She was awarded the Champions of the Earth- Lifetime Achievement Award by UN Environment in September 2018. Ms. Carling was the co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group for Sustainable Development-IPMG from March 2017 to December 2021. She led the coordination and participation of indigenous peoples in SDG processes at the regional and global levels including the preparation of statements, reports and in generating support for the IPMG.   Mis Carling is the co-founder and currently the Executive Director of the Indigenous Peoples Rights International-IPRI.   IPRI works on the issues of criminalization, violence and the violation of indigenous peoples rights with impunity. One of the areas of work of IPRI includes the criminalization and violation of the rights of indigenous peoples in conservation measures and programmes, which is linked to climate change, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development.

Janez Potočnik

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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