Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2017

Speakers 2017


Sofia Faruqi

Manager New Restoration Economy, World Resources Institute

Sofia Faruqi manages the New Restoration Economy, which is working to identify the business models, financial mechanisms, and market incentives needed to transform disparate restoration projects into a thriving industry. The New Restoration Economy focuses on Brazil, Kenya, and the United States.

Prior to joining WRI, Sofia was a Portfolio Manager at Loring, Wolcott & Coolidge, an investment management firm in Boston, MA. Earlier in her career, Sofia worked as an Equity Analyst at Passport Capital; an Equity Research Associate at the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System Pension Fund; and an Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan. She has won multiple investment awards and her articles have been published widely, including the Wall Street Journal, Quartz, and Project Syndicate.


Martin Frick


Martin Frick is the Director of the Climate, Energy and Tenure Division at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. He previously served as the Representative of Germany to the International Organizations in-country, including the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the UN Convention to Combat desertification (UNCCD). Martin is the Chairman of ILLP. 






Luc Gnacadja

Former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

Luc Gnacadja is a former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Before taking up his position as UNCCD Executive Secretary, Gnacadja served as Minister of Environment, Housing and Urban Development of Benin from 1999 to 2005. He gained first-hand knowledge of the UNCCD process over a number of years in his capacity as Head of Delegation to the Conference of the Parties to the UNCCD.

Gnacadja was also Head of Delegation to the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC as well as CBD. His pronounced leadership qualities enabled him at the national level to initiate and build synergies between the Rio Conventions, in conjunction with the National Commission on Sustainable Development. 



Jin In

Founder of 4Girls GLocal Leadership

Jin In, Living Peace 2016
Jin In, Living Peace 2016
Eastern-born, western-bred, Jin In is a global citizen generating a potent new power source on our planet – the next generation of empowered women changemakers to transform the world. As Founder of 4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL), Jin In is tackling a paramount moral challenge of our time – the mass atrocities inflicted on girls worldwide. Jin takes action electrifying a social change movement  – transforming the deep-seated mindset that sees and treats girls as human trash into a new paradigm that realizes empowered girls as our most powerful force for change. Jin knows the power of the mind. Diagnosed with a brain tumor, she is now even more focused on transforming the mind to heal girls and herself. Over a lifetime, she has worked with the US Government, UN Agencies and over 1000 organizations, championing 10 million girls worldwide. Now she is calling on the world to join her in bold collaborative action for girls.

Dr Pradeep Monga

Deputy Executive Secretary at the UNCCD

Dr. Pradeep Monga advises and assists the Executive Secretary in the overall management of the secretariat and in the policy planning and coordination and direction of strategic plans and work programmes. Dr. Monga is an expert in the field of energy and environmental policy planning, technologies and financing mechanisms with over 30 years of working experience. Before UNCCD, Dr. Monga has worked for UNIDO, UNDP and has been a consultant with the World Bank, World Resource Institute in Washington DC, TERI in New Delhi and the FAO in Rome. Before the UN, Dr. Monga held senior positions in the Government of India and is a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Himachal Pradesh cadre (1980 batch) in India.  Dr. Monga has presented several technical papers in over 40 international seminars/workshops and has co-authored three books. In addition, Dr. Monga holds a certificate in Advanced Organisational Management from Harvard Business School.
Severine von Tscharner Fleming


Severine von Tschaner Fleming is a farmer, activist, and organizer based in the Champlain Valley of New York. She is director of Greenhorns, a grassroots organization with the mission to recruit, promote and support the rising generation of new famers in America. Severine has spent the last seven years gathering, bundling and broadcasting the voices and vision of young agrarians. Greenhorns runs a weekly radio show on Heritage Radio Network and a popular blog. They produce many kinds of media, from documentary films to almanacs, anthologies, mix-tapes, posters, guidebooks and digital maps. Severine is co-founder and board secretary of Farm Hack, an online, open-source platform for appropriate and affordable farm tools and technologies , as well as National Young Farmers Coalition which now boasts 23 state and regional coalitions.
Prof Peter Head

CBE FREng FRSA, Ecological Sequestration Trust

Prof Peter Head is a champion of sustainable development. He established the Ecological Sequestration Trust in 2011. He advocates that changing the way we invest public and private money in the built environment could be made very much more effective if the public and private sectors adopt sustainable development principles. 

Richie Ahuia

Environmental Defense Fund


Yousif el Tayeb 

Executive Director, Darfur Development and Reconstruction Agency

Lauren Fletcher

CEO, BioCarbon Engineering Honorable 

Charly Kleissner 

Impact Investor


Julia Marton-Lefèvre 

Former SG IUCN


Issa Mardo

Member of Parliament, Chad


Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri

Minister for Environment, Zimbabwe

Oppah Muchinguri is the current Minister of Water, Env & Climate in the Republic of Zimbabwe. 


Carl Pendragon 

Founder Skymining


Simon Thuo & Alan Channer

Kenya Dialogue on Land and Security

Dr Achim Wennmann

Graduate Institute Geneva

Dr Achim Wennmann is an expert in economic perspectives on violent conflict, dispute resolution, and peacebuilding. He is currently working on statebuilding in hybrid political orders, negotiated exits from shadow economies, and conflict prevention in contexts of large scale business investments.