Speakers

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Johan L. Kuylenstierna 

Johan L. Kuylenstierna is the Executive Director of Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). He holds an adjunct professorship in international water resources issues at the Department of Physical Geography and Quaternary Sciences at the Stockholm University. Johan has previously worked as the Chief Technical Advisor to the Chair of UN-Water, based at FAO in Rome. Before joining the United Nations, he served as Project Director at the Stockholm International Water Institute with the overall responsibility for the World Water Week in Stockholm. He also established the Swedish Water House initiative and served as its first manager.

Johan has worked as a consultant for many years with a focus on environmental management, corporate social responsibility (CSR), communication, core-value development, stakeholder participation processes and capacity development. Among other things, he developed and ran negotiation-training games, both in Sweden and through international training programmes. He focused primarily on water and climate change issues from policy and management perspectives. He worked in close co-operation with governments, international organisations, NGO’s, and the academic and business communities. ✉ executive.director@sei-international.org

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Rasmus Kløcker Larsen

Dr. Rasmus Kløcker Larsen is a Research Fellow at SEI Stockholm. He joined SEI in September 2006. Rasmus is committed to supporting people, who hold competing claims on natural resources, to respond more dialogically to each other and the intractable dilemmas that they face.

Rasmus specialised in fostering action-learning inquiries into governance dilemmas linked to water resources, agro-forestry, and extractive industries. His activities range from community-based impact assessment, through process design and leadership in stakeholder dialogues, to review of the coherence and implementability of policies. Participatory action research and critical systemic thinking, striving to improve governance praxis through co-engagement with stakeholders in concrete tasks, principally inspire his work. ✉ rasmus.klocker.larsen@sei-international.org

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Sylvia Miclat

Sylvia Miclat is the Executive Director of the Institute of Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC), a Jesuit environmental research organisation in the Philippines that promotes environmental sustainability and social justice through the integration of scientific methodologies and social processes.  ESSC also networks across the Asia Pacific region in moving an agenda of science for sustainability and works primarily with communities and local governments in natural resource management and planning, increasingly manifested in disaster risk resilience and building back better initiatives. Sylvia is part of the editorial team of Ecology and Jesuits in Communication (Ecojesuit), an online platform that seeks to have a developing global communication for Jesuits and lay collaborators to share existing engagements and advocacy and learn about ecological commitment to change and right relations with creation. sylviamiclat@essc.org.ph

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Andreas Gösele, SJ

Dr. Andreas is a professor of Social Ethics, Logic and the Foundations of Social Sciences of the Institute for Social and Development Studies in Munich. He is a member of the property committees’ mission – justice – peace “of the National Committee of Catholics in Bavaria and “Justice, Development, Peace” of the Diocesan Council of Catholics of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. His activities are mainly focused on the topics of social ethics, intellectual property rights and fundamental questions of decision theory. andreas.goesele@hfph.de

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Louise Kalberg

Louise Kalberg is a Research Fellow of SEI and joined the institute in 2006. She specialises in flows of water and matter in terrestrial ecosystems and holds a PhD in Land and Water Resources Sciences from the Royal Institute of technology (KTH), Sweden. Her work focuses on water management in small-scale agriculture in tropical regions, and in particular on the modelling of transpiration and photosynthesis and the impact of climate and environment. In recent years, Louise’s research has also included modelling of carbon turnover in terrestrial ecosystems. louise.karlberg@sei-international.org

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Michael J. Garanzini, SJ

For the past fourteen years, Fr. Michael J. Garanzini, SJ has served as the President and CEO of Loyola University Chicago. As of 01 July 2015, Fr. Garanzini assumed his new role as Chancellor at Loyola while also concurrently serving as the Secretary for Higher Education for the Society of Jesus. Mgaranz@luc.edu

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Astrid Söderbergh Widding 

Prof. Astrid Söderbergh Widding is the Vice-Chancellor of Stockholm University since February 2013. She is a fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities, member of the Advisory Council of the National Library of Sweden, board member of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and committee member of the King Gustaf VI Adolf’s fund for Swedish Culture.

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Sverker Sörlin

Dr. Sverker Sörlin is a professor of Environmental History at KTH Royal Institute of Technology since 2002. He held an adjunct position in the Stockholm Resilience Center at Stockholm University 2005-2012 and has had visiting positions at Berkeley (1993), Cambridge (2004-2005), Oslo (2006), and the University of Cape Town (stints 2011-2013). He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, where he is visiting 2013-2014.

His core area of research is in the roles and functions of knowledge in environmentally informed modern societies. Another major area of interest is research and innovation policy where he serves as a policy analyst and advisor. His research projects encompass the science politics of climate change through the lenses of glaciology and sea ice; the emergence of and changes within environmental expertise; historical images of Arctic futures; and the environmental turn in the humanities and the social sciences. A major recent development is the KTH Environmental Humanities Laboratory, 2012 to 2018, funded by a major grant by industrialist Carl Bennet and matching KTH core funding.

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Robert Watt

Robert Watt is SEI’s Director of Communications, with responsibility for SEI’s global communications, both internal and external. Rob joined SEI in 2008. He and his team of communications experts work closely with SEI researchers to bridge science to policy and raise the profile of SEI. In addition, Rob is in demand as a public speaker on the science and policy of environment and development for large conferences (e.g. Nationella Vindkraftskonferens), businesses and business leaders (e.g. Ruter Dam, Folksam) and the public sector (e.g. Region Gotland, Miljödepartementet and EU decision-makers).

Rob is not only a practitioner; he is also interested in understanding the science of science communication. In particular, the tension of timescales (the urgency of policy-making, the time lag of implementation and the slow variables of environmental and social change), creating the policy/science interface, and the role of storytelling.  robert.watt@sei-international.org

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Michael Czerny, SJ

Fr. Michael Czerny, SJ is a Canadian Jesuit who has worked with various Jesuit social justice initiatives for over thirty years. Czerny first served as the founding director of the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto from 1979 to 1989, then as director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador. From 1992 to 2002, Czerny served as the Secretary for Social Justice at the Jesuit Curia, and subsequently served as the founding director-coordinator of the African Jesuit Aids Network (AJAN) until 2010. Since 2009 has been an adjutor to the African Bishops Conference and Synod, as well as personal assistant to Cardinal Peter Kodwo, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. m.czerny@justpeace.va

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Carmen Valor

Since 2005, Dr. Carmen Valor does teaching and research activities at the Faculty of Economics and Business from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Her research focuses on sustainability, particularly on consumption and the market in the transition to sustainability. She teaches on Communication and Research Methods (academic and applied). She has a PhD from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. cvalor@cee.upcomillas.es

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Fiona Lambe

Fiona Lambe works as a Research Fellow and the editor of the Renewable Energy for Development (RED) newsletter. Her main focus areas include household dynamics in the design and implementation of household energy projects in developing countries; institutional and policy frameworks for up-scaling or replicability of household energy programmes; the role of the EU in supporting sustainable energy transitions in Sub Saharan Africa.

Fiona has participated in policy dialogues with the Energy and Trade Ministries of Ethiopia and has contributed to the work of a special task force for the development of a draft National Strategy on Biofuels. She has extensive knowledge of the environmental-health and policy themes related to household energy access, and a particular interest in the socioeconomic dimensions of energy access in developing countries.  fiona.lambe@sei-international.org