University of East Anglia
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Sciences
Before retiring in July 2005, Tim O’Riordan was Professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He has edited a large number of books on the institutional aspects of global environmental change policy and practice, and led two international research projects on the transition to sustainability in the European Union (1995-1999). His current research interests are focused on global-local relations and their implications for the transition to sustainability in Europe. He is also involved with user groups, in the practical application of deliberative and inclusionary processes for the reallocation of scarce water resources in Broadland, and in the management of the public private partnership for flood alleviation again in the Broads. Tim has also served as Chairman of the Environment Committee for the Broads Authority, was a member of Norfolk and Suffolk Local Flood Defence Committee and of advisory panels to Dow Chemical and Eastern Group PLC. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy in 1999 and continues to be an active member of the UK Sustainable Development Commission.
Performance Consultants International
Tell Muenzing is an Executive Director of Performance Consultants. His key responsibilities are client relationships, the integration of our business areas, and the development of our core transformation services.
In the early years of the sustainability movement Tell started to work for SustainAbility, the leading international think tank & strategy consultancy for corporate sustainability and responsibility. There, he experienced and contributed to the global shift in awareness in the business community from environmental compliance to corporate sustainability and sustainable investment. In the investment area Tell has worked with the first wave of sustainable investing, SRI and investor activism. Tell focuses now on transformation processes and alliances that create high-performance organizations, increase the intrinsic value per share for investors and are seeds for sustainable systems solutions.
Tellus Institute, Boston
Delft University of Technology
Professor Emeritus of Technology Assessment
Philip J. Vergragt is a Professor Emeritus of Technology Assessment at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is currently a Senior Associate at Tellus Institute in Boston, USA, and a Research Professor at Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA. Before moving to the USA in 2003, he also was a Deputy Director of the Dutch government’s Sustainable Technological Development Program in the 1990s. His main research interests are technological innovation for sustainability, technology assessment of emerging technologies, sustainable consumption, sustainable system innovation, and small-scale experimentation and learning; with special interests in energy, housing, and transportation. Together with Tellus Institute he works on the “Great Transition Initiative” to bring about a societal transition towards sustainability. Prof. Vergragt is a co-founder and an Advisory Board member of the Greening of Industry network, and recently he co-founded SCORAI, the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative in the US and Canada. He published more than 70 academic papers and book chapters, and co-authored 2 books. He obtained a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Leiden University in 1976.
Lorraine Whitmarsh is interested in the psychological and social dimensions of environmental, risk and sustainability issues. Her research, which employs both quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection and analysis, focuses on three main areas: (a) public engagement with climate change, carbon literacy, carbon offsetting, and low-carbon lifestyles; (b) public/stakeholder participation in sustainability science and policy; and (c) innovation, perceived risk and behaviour change with respect to sustainable transport and consumption. Lorraine holds her PhD in psychology from the University of Bath, and she is currently a lecturer at Cardiff University.
Federal Environment Agency
Director Department I 1
Kora Kristof studied economics and wrote her doctoral thesis on an energy-sector issue and her postdoctoral thesis on ways to successfully implement social changes. 1988-1992 Researcher at the Institute of Economics of the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich; 1992-1994 Research assistant to the German Bundestag’s Enquete Commission on Protection the Earth’s Atmosphere; 1994-2011: Wuppertal Institute for Climate Environment Energy first, as head of the Energy Department, and after the Wuppertal Institute was restructured in 2003, responsible for topic area “Material and resource efficiency” and programme coordinator of the “Sustainable production and consumption” research group; since 2011, Director Department I 1, Sustainable Strategies, Sustainable Resource Use, Instruments, of the German Federal Environment Agency. Main fields of work: Models of change, innovation and diffusion research, resources and resource policy, renewable raw materials, energy and energy policy, sustainable production and consumption, eco-efficient services, sustainable development instruments and institutions incl. sustainability goals and indicators, Agenda 21, future of work.