SPEAKERS

Clinton Ezeigwe

Student and PGCourse Participant,

Clinton is in his final year of law school at Ebonyi State University in Abakaliki, Nigeria, majoring in Environmental Law and Human Rights. He is also a community and civil society activist, and has been involved in volunteering and community development programs to use advocacy campaigns to influence political agendas related to international development. Clinton was the Sanitation and Water for All Youth Reporter for 2020, where he worked with youth engagement in water, sanitation and hygiene issues. He is also coordinating the #ClaimYourWaterRights campaign in Nigeria, a global mobilization campaign that aims to awaken people to the injustice of their situation and spur them to claim their human rights to safe water and sanitation. Clinton is passionate about Human Rights and Environmental Justice and Sustainability and believes human rights are the best legal protection we have. He is a student in this term’s inaugural Project Green Course and building a recycling project with youth in Nigeria — and believes that as fellow global citizens, we owe it to ourselves to work together to protect our world ecosystems and build better standards of life today and for future generations.

DEBBIE RAPHAEL

Director, San Francisco Department of
the Environment

In May of 2014, Mayor Ed Lee appointed Debbie as the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, a city agency that creates visionary policies and programs to ensure a sustainable future for San Francisco. Raphael returns to San Francisco after three years leading the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, where she worked to bal-ance stakeholder interests in protecting the public and environment from toxic harm.

Raphael believes that cities like San Francisco are incubators for bold action that results in meaningful change. Her approach to environmental decision-making focuses on using the best available science and robust stakeholder interaction to ensure that all voices are honored. This perspective has allowed her to succeed in addressing some of the most challenging environ-mental problems, including the rollout of California’s landmark Green Chemistry Initiative.

In 20 years of public service at city, county, and state levels, Raphael has crafted and imple-mented groundbreaking policies around toxics reduction, green building, business engagement, integrated pest management, and environmentally preferable purchasing. She graduated with honors in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, was a Smithsonian and National Science Foundation fellow, and has a Master’s degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from UCLA.

Dr. Jagannadha Pawan Tamvada

Professor of Economics,

Dr. JP is an award-winning business economist specialising in interdisciplinary entrepreneurship and strategy research. He is currently working as an Associate Professor at the Southampton Business School where he also serves as the Deputy Director for Impact and Collaboration at the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership. He is a co-founder of iPowerz, the global digital ecosystem for fast-tracking microentrepreneurship and small businesses growth, and a steward at the Council for Inclusive Capitalism. He has a PhD from the University of Goettingen and the Max Planck Institute for Economics. Dr. JP is an alumnus of two revered Indian institutions founded on the ancient Advaita philosophy. He is a Universalist committed to advancing the cause of societal wellbeing through his endeavours, married with three children, and a founding trustee of three registered charities in the UK. As he says, “humanity is waiting for paradigm shifting innovations that advance universal education, empowerment and environmental resilience.”

Jessica Shade

Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center

Dr. Jessica Shade is the Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center where she directs projects associated with communicating and conducting research related to organic agriculture. During her tenure at The Organic Center Dr. Shade has collaborated on diverse research programs ranging from applied solutions to on-farm challenges to methods for improving environmental impacts of agriculture. Some of her most recent collaborations include projects aimed at mitigating climate change, decreasing agriculturally-mediated nutrient pollution, increasing on-farm biodiversity, and developing integrated pest management solutions for organic growers. Dr. Shade developed and leads the Center’s signature conference event, Organic Confluences, which brings together policy makers, researchers, farmers, industry members, and other non-profits to address and overcome challenges faced by the organic sector. She has also been an invited speaker to a wide range of events including academic conferences, farmer meetings, industry expos, and TEDx and received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

LAUREL HANSCOM

CEO, Global Footprint Network

Laurel, CEO at Global Footprint Network, is dedicated to finding ways to support the sustainability movement and applying meaningful metrics to promote positive change in the world. Whether it is by developing partnerships, promoting the Ecological Footprint calculator and open data platform, or exploring ways to increase the relevance of footprint research, she strives to empower people with data. Before joining Global Footprint Network, Laurel worked in the Office of Strategic Information, Research & Planning at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador. Her two years in the Ecuadorian Amazon were preceded by a brief career as an environmental analyst, specializing in socioeconomic and environmental justice impacts. She holds a BA and MA in geography from San Diego State University, where her research focused on climate change vulnerability and agriculture.

Stephen Kirk

Student and PGCourse Participant,

Stephen Kirk is a second-year International Development and Environment student at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and current Project Green Course participant. His passion for the environment began when he started pursuing photography as a way of capturing the world through his own lens, focusing on nature and its endless beauty. He continued this nature-focused work through hikes, mountain biking, and fundraising events for the non-profit sector. He is passionate about climate justice, responsibility, and advocating for organisations and governments to change for the better. After Stephen graduates, he hopes to work in the non-profit sector in making projects and organisations more environmentally friendly and efficient, policymaking for environmental protection, and meeting the 1.5º C Paris Agreement target. He spends his free time in nature, focusing on mental health, reading, and enjoying the beauty of our world. He believes, “The only way humans will survive in the future is if we work together, connected, with nature. It is paramount that environmental justice must be served for all of the damage that has been caused and is to be caused to our world.”

Stiv Wilson

Co-Founder, Peak Plastic Foundation

Stiv Wilson is an award-winning activist, filmmaker, and educator working at the nexus of marine conservation, plastic pollution, petrochemical production and human rights. He co-created and produced The Story of Plastic film — a searing expose revealing the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling, masterfully depicting one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. And co-founded Peak Plastic Foundation to build inclusive and strategic campaigns that support frontline partners for accelerated actions and results. Plastic pollution is a pervasive global problem with severe environmental, human health and human rights impacts. His work and efforts unite advocacy efforts to produce intersectional stories and creative campaigns for strategic outcomes, leveraging collective power to drive systemic change. He has led extensive global research expeditions to document the impacts of the plastics supply chain, learning from experts and activists on the frontlines of the plastic pollution crisis.