Ariane de Bremond
Executive Director, International Programme Office, Global Land Programme; Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, Switzerland
I am Executive Officer of the Global Land Programme, Senior Scientist at the Centre for Development and Environment at the University of Bern, and Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to my work coordinating the GLP community, my research interests include governance of distally connected socio-ecological systems (telecoupling); land tenure and relation to land use and cover change; forest governance and conflict; and carbon conservation schemes such as REDD+ in the context of global climate change policies and development issues. I am also Principal Investigator on a recently awarded grant from the NASA Land-Cover and Land-Use Change (LCLUC) program, “The Global Rush for Land: A Socio-Ecological Synthesis” Principal Investigator (2017-2020) and a Senior Fellow of the Breakthrough Institute.
Deputy Director, Japan Hub
Ria Lambino is based at the Research Institute for Humanity & Nature (RIHN) in Kyoto as Specially Appointed Associate Professor. She received her PhD and Masters from Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. She has a degree in Applied Physics (although never applied it) but has spent most of her professional career as a practitioner and researcher focusing on environmental conservation and sustainability, with significant experience in the Philippines and in Japan. Prior to joining Future Earth, she worked for WWF Philippines as Vice President for Sustainable Production and Market Engagement and had been involved in transdisciplinary research on watershed governance at RIHN. Her research interests include environmental policy and governance, protected areas & management, renewable energy, water issues, sustainable agriculture & fisheries and sustainable consumption and production.
Global Hub Director, France Hub
Sandrine Paillard is based in Paris at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) headquarters. Sandrine’s background is in the economics of science and innovation. After her postdoctoral studies on comparative innovation systems, she joined a governmental think tank to develop foresight studies on science-society relationships, involving scientists and various stakeholders. She then spent seven years at the French Agricultural Research Institute as the head of the Foresight department. She led many projects aiming to develop socio-economic scenarios in the field of agriculture, the environment and food security. Before joining Future Earth she was the lead of the Secretariat of the Belmont Forum, whose main goal is to foster international collaboration and inter- and transdisciplinary research on global environmental change.
Mark Stafford Smith
Former Chair, Future Earth Science Committee; CSIRO, Australia
Dr Mark Stafford Smith is the Science Director of CSIRO’s Climate Adaptation Flagship in Canberra, Australia, where he oversees a highly interdisciplinary programme of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change. He has more than 30 years experience in drylands systems ecology, management and policy, including senior roles such as Program Leader of CSIRO’s Centre for Arid Zone Research in Alice Springs, and then CEO of the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. During this time he was a task leader under the Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystems core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP). He was also a key contributor to the AridNET international network of drylands researchers that devised the Dryland Development Paradigm. In the past decade his research focus has turned more to adaptation to climate change. He was an ICSU-appointed member then vice-chair of IGBP’s Scientific Committee during 2003-2009; and co-chair of the Planet Under Pressure: New Knowledge Towards Solutions conference on global environmental change in the lead up to Rio+20 in 2012.
Co-Lead, Research & Innovation
Judit Ungvari is the co-lead of the Future Earth Research and Innovation portfolio and the Research and Innovation Officer at George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth. She came to Future Earth and Mason after 2 years at the National Science Foundation where she was a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow. She was working in the Geosciences directorate on various international and integrative activities facilitating transdisciplinary global change research. Her work encompassed various programs within the Belmont Forum, Future Earth, and the Sustainability Research and Innovation initiatives. Judit is an ecologist by training, with expertise in avian biology in tropical habitats. She studied birds in the Peruvian Amazon region combining both laboratory- and field-based research and received her Ph.D. in Zoology with a certificate and concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development at the University of Florida. Her work on Amazonian forest bird communities related to the ecological mechanisms of habitat specialization, movement and dispersal between patchy habitats, combining metapopulation theory, landscape ecology, and population genetics. She also worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, addressing avian conservation issues in coffee agroecosystems in Colombia. Judit is involved in local capacity building and community outreach both in the USA and Latin America and has mentored dozens of students to complete independent research projects in Peru, Colombia and Florida. Her interests include sustainability science, science diplomacy, supporting open research efforts, and communicating science to the public.
Deputy Director, France Hub
Gilles is a Senior Science Officer at the Future Earth Global Hub in Paris and the lead for the Science-Based Pathways for Sustainability Initiative. Before joining Future Earth, he worked as a research fellow at the Centre for Sustainability in Dunedin, New Zealand, where his research primarily focused on human-environment relationships in the context of climate change and on cultural transformations towards sustainability. Gilles holds a PhD in Human Geography from the University of Otago, New Zealand, a MA in Landscape Archaeology from the University of Sheffield, England, and a BA in Anthropology from California State University, Fullerton.
Natalie Chong is a Science Officer at the French Global Hub of Future Earth in Paris. Previously, she was a researcher at LEESU (Laboratoire Eau, Environnement et Systèmes Urbains), with a focus on the (co-)production and use of scientific knowledge and its tools in the context of water resources management in large river basins in France and Australia. She has also worked in the Philippines on a youth employment programme funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and in Cambodia, researching, developing and testing different agroecological techniques with local farmers and experts. At Future Earth, her work focuses on the Science-Based Pathways for Sustainability Initiative and supporting science-policy collaboration. She holds a PhD in Environmental Science from École des Ponts ParisTech, a MSc in Sustainability and Innovation from Université Joseph Fourier and a BA in Global Studies from Wilfred Laurier University.
Kelebogile Pule is an intern under Knowledge Advancement & Support (KAS) at the National Research Foundation (NRF). Kelebogile graduated at the University of South Africa (UNISA) with Bachelor’s Degree in Communications Science, and also holds a certificate Public Relations. She is currently studying honours in Integrated Organizational Communication with the University of South Africa. At National Research Foundation, she is responsible for Future Earth Regional Office for Southern Africa (FEROSA) communication activities and also supports other projects such as COVID-19 Africa Grand Fund and Belmont Forum CRA pathways to sustainability.
Intern, France Hub
Viola joined Future Earth as an intern in May 2023. She is a Master’s student at Sciences Po Paris in International Governance and Diplomacy and she specializes in environmental and sustainability policies. Previously, she studied at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Organization. Among her interests, she is looking into designing policies that are attentive to both social and environmental concerns.
Science Officer, France Hub
Stephanie joined the French Hub in 2023 as an intern and she is currently a Science Officer alongside pursuing a Masters in Environmental Policy at Sciences Po Paris. Her interests lie in the integration of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems, environmental justice and the active translation of decolonizing sustainability science from theory to practice.