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Speakers
Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2018

Speakers

Caux Dialogue on Land and Security 2018

 

Pinaki Dasgupta | India

Country Director India, GreenFaith

Pinaki Dasgupta is a certified environmental, safety and risk management expert. He works on process engineering, environmental and sustainability projects across India. His experience spans 15 years in scientific research, policy interventions, capacity building and project implementation through consulting and Government organisations. His vision to have a socially, culturally and scientifically enriched global community. His areas of interest are innovations, science and culture. He was with the Indian Youth Climate Network from 2009 till 2014, working closely on several campaigns, such as the 350.org, Oxfam India, SEEDS, IoFC-International, etc, workshops and projects on climate change training, energy audits and waste management. He loves to connect people on environment with science and faith inspirations.
He is a technical advisor to ASSOCHAM (Sustainability division), part of EnvirohealthMatters, Sweden in India and currently serve on the board of Shristi, an NGO working with handicrafts artisans and non-formal groups. His current interest is to spread awareness about the SDGs through several channels. He believes that trust, intregity, compassion and empathy are the values through which peace can be achieved. He is a travel enthusiast and enjoys deep dialogue with his parents and siblings in Delhi, whenever he gets time.

 

Tom Duncan | USA

Managing Partner, RegenInvestment.com / Multicapital.io / LiquidToken.net

Tom Duncan is Managing Partner at Multicapital.io, a securities investment, bond issuance and capital raising platform that uses blockchain technology. He is developing a Multicapital Fund with a group of investment professionals to accelerate transformative technologies and sustainable development. Tom is the founder of RegenInvestment.com and an Advisor to Regen Network, a blockchain based platform for largescale regenerative agriculture and land management projects. Blockchain based platforms that bring together investment models, transparent data and more accurate information models - lead to better decision making, holistic investment allocation and provides peer to peer support models for communities, restoration practitioners and funders. Tom is co-author of Regenerating Agriculture to Sustain Civilisation with Alan Savory, founder of Holistic Management and is author of the chapter Ecological Agriculture in a partnership with Initiatives for Land, Lives, Peace - First Edition, Reclaiming Landscapes for a Sustainable Future. He is a Caux Scholar and Research Fellow at George Mason University. 

 

Jin In | USA

Founder of 4Girls GLocal Leadership

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.

 

Seth Itzkan |

Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate Inc, Co-director of the Maasai Lands Restoration Project

Seth Itzkan is Co-founder and Co-director of Soil4Climate Inc., a nonprofit international agency advancing the science, practice and policy of restoring soil to reverse global warming. He is also Co-director of the Maasai Lands Restoration Project, managed jointly with the Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism. The objective of that project is to help restore the soils of the Kajiado District of Kenya through regenerative grazing practices. It will be executed by Maasai pastoralists with consultation provided by The Mara Training Center, a regional hub of the Savory Institute.  Seth Itzkan is a prolific public speaker. His 2013 TEDx talk, “Reversing Global Warming with Livestock?” is considered seminal. Prior to forming Soil4Climate, his consulting clients included The Boston Foundation, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, and US Bureau of the Census. He is a graduate of Tufts University, College of Engineering and the Studies of the Future Program at University of Houston-Clear Lake.

 

Ruchi Jain | India

CEO and Founder of Taru Naturals

Ruchi Jain is CEO / Founder of Taru Naturals, which focuses on sourcing and creating a market for naturally grown super foods (such as Black rice, turmeric) from 3000 identified tribal and small scale communities across India. The organisation buys the produce from small farmers, packages it and markets them under the Taru brand. While working with the farmers , TARU holds capacity building, organic farming and  certification training's, sets up clean tech value addition processing units and ensures market ready products for end consumers which are sourced directly from small scale farmers. Taru Naturals is incubated with Unlimited India Fellowship, SPJMIR & Sri Sri Institute of Agriculture Sciences & Technology Trust. Read more on www.tarunaturals.com or follow @tarunaturals. Along with being an entrepreneur, Ruchi is an ardent environmentlist who studied MSc Environment Change & Management from Oxford University. In the past she worked has on a World Bank project, 'Access to Energy' with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy , has been Consultant with the European Acadamies Sciences Council and resided as India Campaigner with 350.org and Indian Youth Climate Network .Ruchi has traveled extensively as a grassroots worker and started her work in her early days schooling in J-Krishnamurti schools. She has been recipient of several awards including the Women's Economic Forum Award last year for outstanding work uplifting small farmers in Taru movement of farmers. She is an ardent yoga and meditation practitioner.

 

Dennis J. Kucinich | USA

US Congressman

Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich,has been a powerful global spokesperson for peace, nuclear disarmament, protection of the global climate, regenerative agriculture, and water conservation. He most recently addressed the United Nations this past October on the necessity of global nuclear abolition. He represented the United States at several Conference of Parties, (COP) as an leading policy advocate, calling for the US to lead in  lowering CO2 levels.  He also represented the US at the World Summit for Sustainability in Johannesburg.   As a presidential candidate in 2004, he advocate a “Green New Deal,” transformative policies for energy, land, air and water. In 2010, Kucinich introduced a landmark monetary policy reform bill into the US Congress, the first of its kind in nearly 100 years. It dramatically constrained the role of the Federal Reserve, stripped it of its quantitative easing practices which had enabled large banks to monopolize the creation of monetary wealth. Leaders in the realm of blockchain and cryptocurrency look to Kucinich for assistance in the development of industry standards to build abiding trust in new currencies and the platforms through which they express their power and utility.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Kucinich | USA

Independant consultant

Drawing from her extensive experience working inside the U.S. political system, Prof. Elizabeth Kucinich is an independent consultant working to educate and strengthen the capacity of individuals and institutions with the goal of bringing social, economic, health, agricultural and ecological systems into balance.  Elizabeth promotes a systemic approach to regenerative health, economic and agricultural practices, together with strengths-based thinking and plant-forward lifestyles, as the basis for human and ecological flourishing. Prof. Kucinich was recently appointed by the European Commission to the Sino-EU panel on Land and Soil (SEPLS). She holds a Masters Degree in International Conflict Analysis, has produced two award-winning environmental documentaries, GMO OMG and Hot Water. Former roles include Director of Policy at the Center for Food Safety, Director of Government Affairs at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, DC, Board Policy Chair at the Rodale Institute, America’s oldest organic research institute and was a founding board member of Sean Penn’s Haitian relief organization, JP/HRO. 

 

Alan Laubsch | USA

Entrepreneur

 

Alan Laubsch is an entrepreneur, connector, and a thought leader in risk management. His mission is to protect Earth’s most vital ecosystems by democratizing natural capital investment. Alan is a founder and Chief Strategist of GenBlue, a venture studio dedicated to building a liquid global natural capital marketplace. Previously, Alan established Natural Capital Markets at Lykke AG, and listed the world’s first mangrove and Blue Carbon backed blockchain token (TREE). Alan has over two decades of risk management experience with leading financial institutions, and was a founding member of the RiskMetrics Group, a JPMorgan spin-off. Alan is an avid kitesurfer and an ocean lover.

 

 

Denise Lievesley |

Principal of Green Templeton College

Denise Lievesley took up her role as Principal of Green Templeton College on 1 October 2015. Before coming to Oxford, she was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science and Public Policy and Professor of Social Statistics at King's College London from 2008. As Dean, she was responsible for the Faculty's strategic development and itday-to-day leadership, including financial performance, research quality, student experience and staffing decisions.   Formerly she has been Chief Executive of the English Health and Social Care Information Centre, Director of Statistics at UNESCO, where she founded the Institute for Statistics, and Director (1991-1997) of the UK Data Archive. While Director of the Data Archive, Denise was also Professor of Research Methods at the University of Essex. She has served as a United Nations Special Adviser on Statistics, stationed in Addis Ababa. Denise served as President of the Royal Statistical Society (1999 - 2001), and as President of the International Statistical Institute (2007 - 2009) and the International Association for Official Statistics (1995 - 1997). A Fellow of University College London (her alma mater), she has honorary doctorates from City University and the University of Essex and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.  She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Fiscal Studies, a Governor of King's College School, Wimbledon, and a member of the steering committee of the Council of European Social Science Data Archives.  Her research interests relate broadly to the quality and trust in official data, and the use of data for research purposes. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2014 for services to social science.

 

Yevgeniia Kubela |

Head of Garden-City NGO

Yevgeniia Kuleba is the Head of Garden-City NGO. Garden-City NGO (http://misto-sad.com.ua) was established on Feb. 25, 2015 ( community was established 1 march 2014) and is aimed at the development of civil society through educational activities, creation and development of public spaces, work with local communities. Garden-city NGO has experience in work in Eastern Ukraine. The main projects are: «Shovkovychnyi park» - central park in Slovyansk, «Tochka» space in Pokrovsk, «Tyhyi garden» in Koctyantynivka, «Yakir alley» in Mariupol and «Garden 21» in Dobropillya.

Yevgeniia Kuleba was born in April 29, 1981 in Kyiv. In 2003-2004 was working as lawyer in Bank Forum, 2005 in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. In 2013-2015 - project manager in Charitable Foundation "Mystersky Arsenal", organization and curating innovative educational projects for children ARSENAL OF IDEAS. 2015 - till now - head of Garden-city NGO, creator of new public space in Kyiv - The Heavenly Hundred Garden (about the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqjnu4uTEbM)

 

Dr. Pradeep Kumar Monga | India

Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

As Deputy Executive Secretary at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Dr. Pradeep Kumar Monga provides strategic support to the convention that links sustainable land management with SDGs and Climate Action, and contributes to the global efforts to reverse and prevent desertification and land degradation, and mitigate the effects of drought in affected countries in order to support poverty reduction, jobs creation and environmental sustainability. Prior to joining UNCCD, Dr. Monga worked on senior positions in UNIDO (Director of Energy and Climate Change), UNDP (Sustainable Development Advisor and the GEF Coordinator) and the Government of India (Indian Administrative Service), and undertook several international assignments with FAO, World Bank and other multi/bi-lateral organizations and resource institutions including WRI and TERI. A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Monga has presented technical papers in over 70 international seminars and workshops in the field of energy, environment and sustainable development.

 

 

Sai Kishore Nellore | India

Executive Director VEDA Climate Change Solutions India

 

A management professional, currently pursuing doctoral research on the convergence of Payment for Ecosystem Services, Blockchain and FinTech. Sai Kishore Nellore is currently serving as project director for “Improving Rural livelihoods through carbon sequestration by adopting environment friendly technology based agro-forestry practices” a CDM A/R project that is the first in Asia to deliver carbon revenues to participating farmers. Sai has over 25 years of experience in diverse industries like defence, IT and education management. Sai is associated in developing sustainable business models that are aimed at addressing the critical challenge of climate change and poverty alleviation. Sai undertakes consultancy services in renewable energy, forestry and Sustainable Land Management for multilateral agencies, corporate and government. Sai is working as Executive Director at VEDA Climate Change Solutions Ltd, an enviro-social enterprise.

 

 

Yuliia Ovchynnykova |

Dean of the Faculty of Biology at Vasyl' Stus Donetsk National University

Yuliia Ovchynnykova is the acting Dean of the Faculty of Biology, associate professor of the Department of Zoology and Ecology at the Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University. Since 2014, the Secretary, a member of Board of the Young Scientists Council at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.  In 2015-2017 an official delegate from Ukraine to the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers (Eurodoc), was a coordinator of Interdisciplinarity working group of Eurodoc in 2016-2018. Main research areas: ecology, ecological network, environment rehabilitation.

 

Carl Pendragon | USA

Inventor, Philosopher, Entrepreneur / Skymining

Carl Pendragon is an inventor, philosopher and entrepreneur, with 25 years’ experience in energy markets. During the 1990s, Carl disrupted electricity markets where competition was slow to take hold after demonopolization. In 2009, he started to search for a solution to permanently stop climate change, which resulted in the concept, technology and platform Skymining. At the core of Carl's work lies the insight that is not enough to slow down climate change - we have to take action to reverse it. As such, Skymining reverses the flow of carbon; sending carbon from the atmosphere back to the earth. The reversed flow is then used to produce carbon negative fuel replacing fossil fuels, organic food and renewable fibers, while restoring degraded ecosystems. There is enough carbon in the sky to completely solve the problems of fossil fuel replacement, food security, soil degradation and climate change. There is enough wealth in the sky to make Skymining profitable for everyone and to eradicate poverty forever.

 

David Sabo | United Kingdom

Entrepreneur

As a millennial entrepreneur, David Sabo has been building businesses since 19. Prior to entering the blockchain industry, he ran his AI-based SaaS firm in London. In 2017 he helped launch and build Europe's first cryptoaccelerator where he gained invaluable insights about the global blockchain scene as Head of Global Expansion. Now he's a founding partner at the token architecture firm Symbol Network that designs mathematically proven, sustainable token models for startups and corporates.

 

 

Dalmas Tiampati | Kenya

Founder and Executive Director Maasai Centre for Regenerative Pastoralism (MCRP)

Dalmas Tiampati is the founder and Executive Director of the Maasai Center for Regenerative Pastoralism (MCRP), which promotes land and livestock management practices that regenerates pastoral landscapes. He manages the Maasai Land Restoration Project in Kajiado, Kenya. Dalmas holds a BSc and MSc. in Information Sciences from Moi University. An experience Maasai herder himself, he is passionate about pastoralism.

 

 

Nathalie Topa |

Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator for East Africa and Yemen for the Danish Refugee Council

Natalie Topa is the Regional Resilience and Livelihoods Coordinator for East Africa and Yemen for the Danish Refugee Council. She came to the region in 2005 to work on post-war town planning in South Sudan. She has been living and working in East Africa for the last thirteen years, witnessing how ecological degradation contributes to drought-flood cycles, decimated livelihoods and increased competition over resources. Ms. Topa uses her background in Urban and Regional Planning as well as her passion in Agroecology, Permaculture and Land Restoration to shift the thinking of how we bring design solutions to displaced populations and the communities and environments that host them.

 

Tony Tiyou | United Kingdom

Director and Founder of Renewables in Africa, Director of Reach Society
 
Tony Tiyou  is the Director and Founder of Renewables in Africa, a Clean Energy engineering consultancy and media platform which vision is to transform Africa and Africans lives by leveraging the Power of Renewable Energy.Tony previously worked for a decade as Development Engineer, Project Manager, Lead Consultant and Business Development Manager in several companies in the Automotive and the Renewables Industries. Tony holds a triple master’s degree from Cranfield University (UK), Ecole Centrale de Lille (France) and Faculte Polytechnique de Mons (Belgium). He is also recognized as a Renewable Energy expert from the European Energy Centre (UK) and a member of the Energy Manager Association (EMA). Tony is the author of ‘The Wind Industry Outlook in Africa’, released in November 2017 and has won the same year an Award for African Leadership Impact Investing. Tony is also a director of the Reach Society, a Queen’s Voluntary Award winner social entreprise that is aiming to encourage, motivate and inspire young black people in the UK.
 
 

Geza Toth |

Global Operating Supply - Sustainability at Ferrero

Geza Toth joined Ferrero in 2014, after providing several years of consultancies facilitating Ferrero’s environmental projects since 2010. He is currently strengthening the Global Operating Supply - Sustainability Team by developing strategies to achieve sustainability targets throughout the palm oil supply chain, with special focus on traceability and long-term value creation for farmers and producers. Geza also supports Ferrero in developing robust farming value programs to implement best practice for all pillars of sustainability and preparing for environmental and cross-cutting sustainability certifications. He brings forth a systems analysis view to Ferrero’s diverse activities, the interpretation of their impacts and finding solutions to complex issues by innovative and applied research methodologies.

 

Patrick Worms |

Molecular Geneticist, Senior Science Policy Advisor World Agroforestry Centre

Patrick Worms trained as a molecular geneticist and is the Senior Science Policy Advisor of the World Agroforestry Centre, the world’s premier research institution studying the roles of trees in agricultural landcapes, and serves as President of the European Agroforestry Federation, as a member of the steering committee of Initiatives for Land, Lives and Peace, and as a Trustee of AFS Magyarország, among others. Patrick’s work sits at the nexus between land restoration and human security; the evidence is mounting that the clever marrying of traditional and advanced knowledge is the most promosing pathway to rural prosperity and, tantalizingly, peace in a warming world. 

 

Lisa Yasko | Ukraine

Founder of Yellow Blue Strategy

Lisa Yasko (Yelyzaveta Yasko) is a founder of Yellow Blue Strategy, VP of Social Impact at Younk and Producer of Clover Films in Ukraine. She holds Master of Public Policy Degree from Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Lisa has expertise in music as a tool for social impact. She worked on policy recommendations for culture, music industry, music education, and creative economy for governmental sector in UK and Ukraine.   Her background is in political science, public policy and strategic communications. She co-founded and coordinated a number of initiatives in culture diplomacy, performing arts and media sectors in Ukraine. One of them, the music commemorative campaign 'Witness’, devoted to the 75th Anniversary of Babi Yar tragedy, received the first Cannes Lion Award in the history of Ukraine (Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity).

 

 

 

 

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