​​Event Speakers (in Alphabetical Order)

Judy Braus


  • Executive Director of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental literacy.
  • Managed education and outreach departments at 3 national and international conservation organizations: the National Audubon Society, World Wildlife Fund, and the National Wildlife Federation prior to current position
  • Achievements include the creation and implementation of Together Green, a $20 million alliance between Audubon and Toyota to build leadership, engage more people in conservation, and promote diversity and inclusion in the field.
  • Developed a planning guide, “The Tools of Engagement: A Toolkit for Engaging People in Conservation,” in collaboration with the EPA-funded Environmental Education and Training Partnership, NAAEE, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Braus also developed “Windows on the Wild” at WWF, and “NatureScope” at NWF, educations materials that are still widely used
  • She has won numerous awards throughout her career, and has conducted workshops, presentations, and keynotes around the world.​



Cam Mackenzie


  • Past Vice President of AAEE( Australian Association of Environment Education)
  • Principal Amaroo , environment education centre – Queensland
  • Judge – Queensland Premiers Sustainability and Australian Banksia Foundation Awards
  • has been awarded the Australia Day medal from the Queensland Department of education and Training Australia
  • 2011 Environment Educator award from AAEE
  • Has worked with Department of Education to help integrate EE into curriculum



Professor David Orr:

  • A preeminent Environmentalist and educator
  • Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics
  • Counselor to the President, Oberlin College.
  • Executive director of the Oberlin project and a founding editor of the journal Solutions.
  • Author of seven books: Down to the Wire: Confronting Climate Collapse (Oxford, 2009) and co-editor of three others. Authored 200 articles, reviews, book chapters, and professional publications.
  • Board member / adviser to eight foundations including the Rocky Mountain Institute and the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
  • Trustee of the Bioneers, Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, and the World watch Institute.
  • Awarded eight honorary degrees and dozen awards including Lyndhurst Prize, National Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation and “Visionary Leadership Award” from Second Nature
  • Lectured in over 100 colleges in US/Europe and Asia
  • headed the effort to design, fund, and build the Adam Joseph Lewis Center -“the most important green building of the past thirty years,” and as “one of thirty milestone buildings of the twentieth century” by the U.S. Department of Energy


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Professor Gunter Paulii


  • A world-renowned innovator Founded the "Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives" (ZERI)
  • His pioneering work is translated into fables for children. Gunter believes that the key to a better future is that children have the science, the emotional intelligence, the arts and the capacity to implement what their parents think is "a dream".
  • Authored +300 newspaper, magazine and articles. 19 books, 135 fables for children
  • Author ‘Blue economy’- A report to the Club of Rome. Translated into 38 languages including Arabic.
  • Co Authored ‘Steering Business towards Sustainability’ with Fritjof Capra
  • Under his guidance, Blue Economy initiative implemented nearly 200 projects ranging from turning coffee waste to mushrooms, converting mining waste to paper, regenerating a tropical forests from a dry savannah and to build the first ever bio refinery.
  • Advisor to National/ Regional governments, corporations, international institutions
  • Visiting professor at School of Architecture and school of design – Italy
  • Chairman and board of Novamont SpA
  • Member of the Earth Charter International Council.
  • Ex-chair of South and South East Asia IUCN Commission on Education and Communication.
  •  Has won numerous awards and accolades


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Mahesh Pradhan


  • Chief, Environmental Education and Training Unit (EETU), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) , Nairobi.
  • Oversees UNEP’s Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES).
  • Focal point for the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) launched in Rio+20
  • Representative, Interagency Committee for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-14.\
  • Actively engaged with Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities (MESA), Latin America and the Caribbean Environmental Training Network (ETN, Asia and the Pacific Regional University Consortium on Environment for Sustainable Development (AP-RUC).



Dr. Pamela Punteeney


  • Co-Chair of the UN CSD Education Caucus
  • Founder and Executive Director of Environmental & Human Systems Management, a private sector consulting firm that seeks to facilitate and support the further implementation of sustainability strategies through: learning processes; multi-stakeholder dialogue; research and influencing policy; provision and distribution of key information; training and capacity building.  
  • member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
  • Has contributed expertise on policy and advocacy as well as management and evaluation of education for sustainable development strategies.
  • Focuses on cross-cultural solutions, the impact of world systems on local communities, public choice and public responsibility, learning systems and sustainable solutions. 


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Kartikeya Sarabhai


  • Director, Centre for Environment Education (CEE), India
  • Member of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (UN DESD).
  • Chair of South and South East Asia IUCN Commission on Education and Communication
  • Member of the Earth Charter International Council.
  • Received the Tree of Learning Award from The World Conservation Union in 1998 in appreciation of his contributions to the field of environmental education and communication.

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Arjen Wals


  • UNESCO chair
  • Professor of Social learning and Sustainable Development at Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Adjunct Faculty member of the Department of Natural Resources of Cornell University
  • Current Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development and Food Security, Wageningen University
  • Popular books include: 'Higher Education and the Challenge of Sustainability (2004), Social Learning towards a Sustainable World (2007) and Learning for Sustainability in Times of Accelerating Change (2012). He also wrote two UNESCO-commissioned evaluation reports on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD).
  • Blogger : www.transformativelearning.nl