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DAVID DZOMBAK (NAE) (Co-Chair) is the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water resources and water quality engineering, and energy-environment issues.  Dr. Dzombak is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a Diplomate Water Resources Engineer. His professional service activity has included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (2002-2016); the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Science Advisory Board (2013-2016); the EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, Environmental Technology Subcommittee (2004-2008); the National Research Council (various committees, boards, and roundtables, 2000-present); Editorial Advisory Board for Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering (2012-2016); Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology (2005-2012); chair of committees for the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, American Society of Civil Engineers, Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors, and Water Environment Federation; and advisory committees for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and many other organizations. Dr. Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He also holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering (1981) and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1980) from Carnegie Mellon, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980). 

SUZETTE KIMBALL (Co-Chair) is a Senior Advisor of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the chief science agency of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). She was sworn in on January 8, 2016 as the director of the USGS.  Prior to becoming the Director, Dr. Kimball was the USGS Deputy Director.  In 2008, she became the Associate Director for Geology, and prior to that was the Director of the USGS Eastern Region, starting in 2004.  She joined the USGS as Eastern Regional Executive for Biology.  In that position, she built many partnerships, helped shape programs, and led the establishment of the USGS Florida Integrated Science Center. She came to the USGS from the National Park Service in Atlanta, where she was Associate Regional Director.  She entered the National Park Service as a research coordinator in the Global Climate Change Program, became Southeast Regional Chief Scientist, then Associate Regional Director. She was assistant professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, co-director of the Center for Coastal Management and Policy and marine scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and managed coastal morphology and barrier island studies in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  She serves on executive boards and many State and national committees, including the Consortium for Coastal Restoration through Science & Technology, the Council of Examiners of the National Association of State Boards of Geology, and the Department of Interior’s Senior Executive Service Advisory Council.  She was on the board of directors of the Coastal Society and has served as secretary of the American Geophysical Union’s Ocean Sciences Section.  She has authored numerous publications on barrier island dynamics, coastal ecosystem science, coastal zone management and policy, and natural resource exploration, evaluation and management.  She has received the Presidential Rank Award and the Secretary of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award.  Dr. Kimball has a doctorate in environmental sciences with a specialty in coastal processes from the University of Virginia, a master’s in geology and geophysics from Ball State University, and a bachelor’s in English and geology from the College of William & Mary.

BERNARD AMADEI (NAE) is Distinguished Professor and Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei is the Founding Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR (Engineering News-Record) Award of Excellence; the recipient of the 2015 Washington and ASCE OPAL (American Society of Civil Engineers Outstanding Projects And Leaders) awards; the recipient of the 2016 C. H. Dunn Award of the Construction Industry Institute; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Construction; and an elected Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds six honorary doctoral degrees (University of Massachusetts Lowell; Carroll College; Clarkson; Drexel; Worcester Polytechnic Institute; and Technion in Israel). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.

E. WILLIAM COLGLAZIER is Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy and Senior Scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He served as the fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014.  From 1994 to 2011, he was Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council where he helped to oversee the studies that provide independent, objective scientific advice on domestic and international public policy issues.  Dr. Colglazier received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the Caltech in 1971, and prior to 1994 worked at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and the University of Tennessee.  He is past chair and current chair-elect of the Forum on Physics and Society of the American Physical Society (APS) and a Fellow of the AAAS and APS.  In 2015 he received the Joseph A. Burton Forum Award from the APS for “outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society,” and from the Japanese Government the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, for “contributing to science and technology exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.”  In 2016, Dr. Colglazier was appointed by the U.N. Secretary General for a two-year term to serve as one of the ten international members to promote the role of science, technology, and innovation for achieving for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

FRANCES COLÓN is Chief Executive Officer of Jasperi Consulting and a 2019 recipient of the Leadership in Government Fellowship of Open Society Foundations, an initiative supporting seasoned public servants chosen from the senior ranks of federal, state, and local government who have advanced economic and social. Dr. Colón is the former Deputy Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State (2012-2017) where she promoted integration of science and technology into foreign policy priorities. In her role as science diplomat, Dr. Colón led reengagement of scientific collaboration with Cuba and coordinated climate change policy for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas announced by President Obama.  Dr. Colón is founding board member of Cenadores Puerto Rico, a non-profit that provides a platform for Puerto Rican diaspora and friends of Puerto Rico to strengthen civil society on the island. Dr. Colón is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the Austria Leaders Program. In 2016, Dr. Colón was named one of the 20 most influential Latinos in technology by CNET. She is recipient of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s 2015 Inspira Award and a 2015-2016 Google Science Fair judge. Dr. Colón earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience in 2004 from Brandeis University and her B.S. in Biology in 1997 from the University of Puerto Rico.

FRANCE A. CÓRDOVA was sworn in as director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) on March 31, 2014.  Dr. Córdova leads the only government science agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.  She is president emerita of Purdue University, where she served as president from 2007 to 2012. From 2002 to 2007, she led the University of California, Riverside, as chancellor and was a distinguished professor of physics and astronomy.  Dr. Córdova was the vice chancellor for research and professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1996 to 2002.  From 1993 to 1996, she served as National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) chief scientist.  Prior to joining NASA, she was on the faculty of the Pennsylvania State University where she headed the department of astronomy and astrophysics from 1989 to 1993.  Dr. Córdova was deputy group leader in the Earth and space sciences division at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1988 to 1989 and staff scientist from 1979 to 1989.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and her doctorate in physics from the California Institute of Technology.  Dr. Córdova’s scientific contributions have been in the areas of observational and experimental astrophysics, multi-spectral research on x-ray and gamma ray sources and space-borne instrumentation.  She has published more than 150 scientific papers. In 1997, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.  She is a recipient of NASA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, and was recognized as a Kilby Laureate in 2000.  Dr. Córdova was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a National Associate of the National Academies.  She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

NANCY GRIMM (NAS) is the Virginia M. Ullman Professor of Ecology, Regents Professor, and a Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at Arizona State University, where she earned her Ph.D. in 1985 and her M.S. in 1980. Her B.A. is from Hampshire College in Massachusetts. She has been a faculty member in the School of Life Sciences (and its previous incarnations) since 1997, is an affiliate of the School of Sustainability, and has held visiting or adjunct appointments at the Center for Advanced Studies in Blanes, Spain, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the University of New Mexico. She was President and is fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Freshwater Science, and is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). She has served as a National Science Foundation’s program director, a staff scientist and lead author for the National Climate Assessment, and is currently an editor of AGU’s Earth’s Future. International and national advisory board service includes the Margalef Prize Selection Committee, the National Research Council’s Standing Committees to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program and on Hydrological Sciences, and the Advisory Committee for the Australian CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, among many others. Dr. Grimm studies the interaction of climate variation and change, human activities, and ecosystems. As the founding director of the interdisciplinary Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research program, she brought together earth, life, and social scientists to develop new frameworks for understanding urban social-ecological-technological systems (SETS). She currently co-directs the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, for which the SETS framing is central.

SUSAN HANSON (NAS) is Distinguished University Professor Emerita and longtime professor of geography at Clark University. She is an urban geographer with interests in gender and economy, transportation, local labor markets, and sustainability. Her research has examined the relationship between the urban built environment and people’s everyday mobility within cities; within this context, questions of access to opportunity, and how gender affects access, have been paramount. Her books include Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World; Gender, Work, and Space (with Geraldine Pratt); and The Geography of Urban Transportation. Dr. Hanson has been the editor of several academic journals, including The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Urban Geography, and Economic Geography and has been the geography editor of the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, first and second editions. She has led the School of Geography at Clark and is a past president of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a former Guggenheim Fellow, a former fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Social and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, and a recipient of the Honors Award and of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAG and of the Van Cleef Medal from the American Geographic Society. In 2000 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was recently Division Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Research Council (NRC) and is on the TRB Executive Committee and the editorial board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Her B.A. is from Middlebury College, and before earning her M.S. and Ph.D. at Northwestern University, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.

MARILU HASTINGS is Vice President of Sustainability Programs for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin. Current programs include clean energy, land conservation, shale sustainability, water, and sustainability education. She has specialized in the interaction of science, public policy, and philanthropic investment as they relate to environmental decisionmaking for over 25 years.  Marilu convenes high-profile, collaborative efforts to promote Texas’s transition to sustainability, including initiatives to modernize its oil & gas regulations, address ongoing drought, and adopt clean energy policies. She is also a sought-after strategic advisor to non-profit organizations, foundations, and academic organizations. Prior to moving to the foundation, Marilu held leadership positions at the Houston Advanced Research Center, a non-profit research organization founded by George P. Mitchell. Marilu earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. She is an advisor or board member for numerous scientific and academic organizations around the country. In 2016, she was appointed to the National Petroleum Council by former Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

KARA HURST leads Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon. In that role, she is responsible for renewable energy and energy efficiency, Frustration Free Packaging programs and customer packaging experience, circular economy, social responsibility, sustainability science and innovation, and sustainable transportation. Prior to joining Amazon, Ms. Hurst was Chief Executive Officer of The Sustainability Consortium, named one of Scientific American’s “Top Ten World Changing Ideas” of 2012. For eleven years before that, Hurst worked at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), serving in her last role as Vice President of BSR, building several global industry practices and leading BSR’s New York and Washington, DC offices, as well the global partnership practice with governments, multilaterals and foundations. Ms. Hurst co-founded the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (now the Responsible Business Alliance). Ms. Hurst has also worked in Silicon Valley as Executive Director of the public-private venture OpenVoice and at the Children’s Health Council. In her early career, she held roles at the Urban Institute as a Research lead and worked for two elected officials – Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco and in New York for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). Ms. Hurst holds a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University and an M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley.

SCOTT HUTCHINS is the Deputy Under Secretary for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Research, Education, and Economics mission area which is comprised of the Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Together these agencies cut across every USDA department and have unique federal leadership responsibility to advance agricultural research, extension, and education. Dr. Hutchins was sworn-in by Secretary Perdue on January 29, 2019. After nearly 32 years, he retired from Corteva Agriscience™ where he held many roles in Program Management, Human Resources, Six Sigma, R&D Portfolio Management, and Global Administration. In addition, he is a Board-Certified Entomologist, Adjunct Professor of entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Past President of the Entomological Society of America (ESA), and Fellow of the ESA. Dr. Hutchins received a B.S. in entomology from Auburn University, an M.S. in entomology from Mississippi State University, and a Ph.D. in entomology from Iowa State University. 

JACK KAYE currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA’s) Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program. Earlier positions in his more than 34-year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA Headquarters. His academic training is in chemistry (B.S. Adelphi University, 1976; Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1982). He also held a post-doctoral research associateship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. Dr. Kaye represents NASA in many interagency and international activities and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in which he has served for several years as NASA principal; from January 2009 through May 2010 he served as the Acting Chair for the parent Subcommittee on Global Change Research. He previously completed a six-year term as a member of the Steering Committee for the Global Climate Observing System. Dr. Kaye has received numerous NASA awards (most recently, the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2009), as well as been recognized as a Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 2004 and 2010. He was named as a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society in 2010 and the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2014, and was inducted as an Honorary Member of the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society in 2015. In 2017 he received the “Order of Merit Award” from the International Coordination Group for Laser Atmospheric Studies. He recently completed a three-year leadership term for the Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section of the American Association for the AAAS.  Since 2014 he has been the chair of the World Meteorological Organization’s Expert Team on Satellite Systems.  He has published more than 50 refereed papers, contributed to numerous reports, books, and encyclopedias, and edited the book Isotope Effects in Gas-Phase Chemistry for the American Chemical Society.

GARY MACHLIS is University Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, and served as Science Advisor to the Director, U.S. National Park Service (NPS) during both terms of the Obama administration. He was the first scientist appointed to this position within the NPS, and advised the director on a range of science policy issues and programs, as well as serving as the Science Integrity Officer for the agency. Dr. Machlis was co-Leader of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Strategic Sciences Group, which conducts scientific assessments during major environmental crises. He joined the Clemson faculty in 2013; he was on the faculty at the University of Idaho from 1979-2013. Dr. Machlis received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, and his Ph.D. in human ecology from Yale University. He has written numerous books and scientific papers on issues of conservation, human ecology, and sustainability. His most recent books (co-authored) are The Structure and Dynamics of Human Ecosystems (2017), which received an award as an Academic Title of the Year from Choice), and The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water (2018). His research has been published in journals as varied as Bioscience, Climatic Change, Conservation Biology, Society and Natural Resources, and Science. Dr. Machlis is active in international conservation, and is a member of the IUCN's Commission on National Parks and Protected Areas. He worked in China in 1981 and again in 1986-87 and 2004 on the Giant Panda Project for the World Wildlife Fund, and has conducted research on conservation and sustainability issues in the Galápagos Islands, the national parks of Kenya, and in Eastern Europe. Most recently, he has helped advance environmental science and sustainability collaborations between the U.S. and Cuba. As co-leader of the Strategic Sciences Group, Dr. Machlis led the Group’s response and assessment related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Hurricane Sandy. He also led the AAAS project to rebuild science capacity in Haiti after its devastating earthquake. In 2010, Dr. Machlis was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

JEFF MARTIN is Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tribal Planet, Inc. Through the marketing and development of groundbreaking technologies, Mr. Martin has spent his career applying innovation to multimedia product design. Mr. Martin continues to build new mobile commerce channels by changing the way consumers engage with entertainment, industry and philanthropy. In 2001 and 2008, Mr. Martin founded Tribal Brands and Tribal Technologies, respectively. Tribal Brands developed mCommerce solutions for a variety of consumer brands and was one of the first companies to drive more than one billion dollars in mobile-based sales for the entertainment industry through 17 global carrier alliances. Tribal Technologies created the first intelligent database behind mobile applications that predicted consumer behavior and interactions, powering unique mCommerce channels, and providing incentive programs for customers. The extensive mobile analytics platform captured actionable, psychographic data highlighting user tastes and preferences collected through mobile devices. In 2014, Tribal Brands and Tribal Technologies were combined to create Tribal Planet. Prior to Tribal Planet, Mr. Martin helped pioneer the entertainment and new media markets divisions at Apple in the early 1990s for 9 years and was a direct report to Steve Jobs after the NEXT acquisition.

JACQUELINE MCGLADE is currently Professor of Resilience and Sustainable Development at the University College London Institute for Global Prosperity and Faculty of Engineering, and Professor and Director of the Sekenani Research Centre of the Maasai Mara University, Kenya. She was Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003-2013, where she was on leave from her post as Professor of Environmental Informatics at University College London. Between 2014 and 2017 she was Chief Scientist and Director of the Science Division of the United Nations Environment Programme based in Nairobi. Over the past 40 years Professor McGlade has worked at the interface of sustainable development, science, society and policy. She has established and led science and research initiatives across the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU) and around the world. Professor McGlade is known for her research on data and informatics and the use of earth observation, and assessments on biodiversity, climate change, ecosystems, oceans, social dynamics and indigenous knowledge, sustainable development, and non-linear dynamics. She is an author of more than 200 publications, including as lead author and editor in chief of more than 45 major EU and UN publications and research reports. Professor McGlade completed her B.S.c in Marine Biology, Biochemistry and Soil Science at Bangor University (then known as the University College of North Wales), UK, in 1977. She obtained her Ph.D. degree in 1980 on aquatic sciences and zoology from the University of Guelph in Canada. In 1987, she obtained a M.A. degree from the University of Cambridge.

CRAIG MCLEAN is the Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is responsible for NOAA’s research enterprise including a network of research laboratories and programs including the Climate Program, National Sea Grant, Ocean Exploration, and Weather Research. Internationally, Mr. McLean serves as the U.S. Representative to the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and as the Co-chair of the U.S. European Union Marine Working Group, and in the US-Canada-EU North Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance under the Galway Statement. Mr. McLean has previously served as NOAA’s Acting Chief Scientist, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the National Ocean Service, and was the founding Director of NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and served in uniform for nearly 25 years in NOAA’s Commissioned Corps, attaining the rank of Captain. Mr. McLean served aboard hydrographic, oceanographic, and fisheries research ships. Mr. McLean led NOAA’s innovation and planning for the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall, and achieved a National Ocean Action Plan goal of securing a permanent, dedicated US ship for the ocean exploration, the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Mr. McLean is also an attorney and has practiced marine resource law for NOAA. He is a Fellow of the Explorers Club, the Marine Technology Society, a 250th Anniversary Fellow of Rutgers University, and a past-president of the Sea-Space Symposium.

STAN MEIBURG is the Director of Graduate Studies in Sustainability at Wake Forest University. He began in this position in 2017, and leads an innovative, interdisciplinary program for training the next generation of leaders to build businesses and communities that are economically prosperous, socially just and environmentally sound. Before coming to Wake Forest, from 2014 to 2017 Dr. Meiburg was the Acting Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC, the culmination of a 39-year career with the EPA. During his career he served in senior career positions as EPA’s Deputy Regional Administrator in the Southeast and South Central regions of the United States, as well as in EPA’s air office in Research Triangle Park and in Washington, DC. He received EPA’s Distinguished Career Service Award, EPA’s Gold Medal for his work on the Clean Air Act Amendments, the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army, and was recognized by President Barack Obama as a Distinguished Federal Executive in 2012, the highest civilian award for a Federal senior executive. In 2017 he was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper as a member of the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission, and was designated by the Governor as Chair of the Commission in February 2019. Dr. Meiburg holds his B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.

NEBOJSA NAKICENOVIC is Deputy Director and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and Professor of Energy Economics at the Vienna University of Technology. He is also a Co-Chair of the Global Carbon Project, one of the projects currently transitioning into Future Earth. Among other recent positions, Dr. Nakicenovic was Director of the Global Energy Assessment. He has been a member of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Technical Group on Sustainable Energy for All, the Advisory Council of the German Government on Global Change (WBGU), the International Council for Science (ICSU)'s Committee on Scientific Planning and Review, the Global Carbon Project (GCP), and the Austrian oil company OMV Group's Advisory Group on Sustainability. He is also Editorial Board Member of the following journals: Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Climate Policy, Journal of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Energy Sector Management and Energy Strategy Reviews. Among Dr. Nakicenovic's research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change, economic development and response to climate change and, in particular, the evolution of energy, mobility, information and communication technologies. Dr. Nakicenovic holds bachelors and master’s degrees in economics and computer science from Princeton University and the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. He also holds Honoris Causa Ph.D. degree in engineering from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

MIGUEL ROMÁN is the founding director of The Earth from Space Institute (EfSI) - an independent program of Universities Space Research Association (USRA) dedicated to supporting the development of long-term strategies for reducing disaster risk and promoting community resilience, using the unique vantage point of Space. Román currently serves as NASA's Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP's Land discipline leader, helping manage a worldwide team of investigators in charge of generating long-term data records from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS); two of the largest and most comprehensive instrument suites ever launched to systematically monitor our planet's vital signs. Before joining USRA, Román served for ten years as a civil servant scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, where he pioneered the iconic Black Marble - a suite of satellite products that provide daily global views of Earth at night, with an emphasis on tracking the signatures of recovery across vulnerable communities affected by major disasters. Román, who continues to serve in the role of Black Marble team leader, has also led international activities under the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). President Barack Obama named him a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on researchers beginning their independent careers. His writings have been featured in numerous news outlets, including NPR, The Washington Post, NBC, The Economist, Telemundo, Smithsonian Magazine, and BBC World News. Dr. Román received his Ph.D. in Geography from Boston University, his M.Eng. in Systems Engineering from Cornell University, and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.

LYNN SCARLETT, former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, is Vice President for Policy and Government Relations at The Nature Conservancy. In this role, she influences climate and nature-based solutions policy—in the United States and the 72 countries in which TNC influences conservation. She also served at Interior as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, the Honorable Lynn Scarlett initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and it’s first-ever Climate Change Task Force. She established the Interior’s Ocean and Coastal Activities office to coordinate cross-departmental ocean and coastal work. She chaired the nation’s Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She served on the Executive Committee of the President’s Management Council. She is author or co-author of publications on climate change adaptation; ecosystem services; large landscape conservation; and science and decision making. She chairs the Science Advisory Board of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and served on the National Research Council Sustainability Linkages Committee, the U.S. Global Change Research Program Committee, and is a co-convening lead author of the 2014 National Climate Assessment.  She also chairs the Landscape Conservation Cooperatives Council established in 2014 by the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at University of California (UC) Santa Barbara. She also serves on the boards of trustees of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and COMPASS. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in political science from the UC Santa Barbara, where she also completed her Ph.D. coursework and exams in political science and political economy.

KLAUS TILMES is a Senior Policy Adviser and Economic Development Consultant who most recently worked with the Office of the World Bank President to develop the institution’s strategy on emerging technologies and scaling adoption through financial assistance, policy advice, and partnerships. He also works closely with the African Center for Economic Transformation and the United Nations Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum. Previously, Mr. Tilmes served as Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank, overseeing operations in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and global teams on Trade and Competition Policy and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During his 30-year career at the World Bank, Tilmes held positions as Director of the Financial and Private Sector Development Network; Knowledge Strategy Advisor; and Manager at the Independent Evaluation Group. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Mannheim.

CYRUS WADIA is the Head of Sustainable Product at Amazon. Previously, he was Vice President, Sustainable Business & Innovation for Nike where he led Nike’s global sustainability team from 2015 to December 2018. At Nike, Dr. Wadia managed a $28 million budget and led a team of fifty senior professionals. His team was responsible for Nike’s rapid acceleration of sustainability in new product innovation, enterprise risk mitigation, and the modernization of Nike’s brand and consumer engagement strategy. Prior to joining Nike, Dr. Wadia served as an Assistant Director in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy between 2010 and 2015. There he advised the Obama administration and introduced new budgetary and legislative initiatives in: energy, climate, advanced materials innovation, manufacturing, and mining. In this role, Dr. Wadia was responsible for the creation and expansion of more than $1 billion in new budgetary initiatives and led the development of the nation’s first policy framework and strategy on critical minerals. Between 1996 and 2010, Dr. Wadia held many leadership roles as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, a senior program officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the founding member and Co-Director of the Haas School of Business Cleantech to Market initiative. Dr. Wadia earned his Ph.D. in Energy & Resources from University of California, Berkeley and holds both an M.S. and S.B. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has multiples patents for his technical inventions and has been citied over 2,100 times for his peer-reviewed papers.