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Dr. Rosina Bierbaum is Dean Emerita of the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Weston Chair in Natural Economics at the University of Maryland. Dr. Bierbaum's experience extends from climate science into foreign relations and international development. Rosina served for two decades in both the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. Government, and ran the first Environment Division of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Saleem H. Ali is the Blue and Gold Distinguished Professorship in Energy and the Environment at the University of Delaware, and is also a Senior Fellow at Columbia University's Center on Sustainable Investment. His research focuses on environmental security, climate diplomacy and industrial ecology, particularly involving extractive industries.

Edward R.Carr is Professor and Director of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University.A geographer and anthropologist, Edward has more than twenty years of experience working at the interface of climate change adaptation and global development as an academic, through policy and technical positions with bilateral and multilateral development donors, and various roles on global environmental assessments, serving as a lead author for the ongoing IPCC AR6.

Dr. John Donaldson is Honorary Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town and a fellow of the South African National Biodiversity Institute where he was formerly the Division Head for Biodiversity Research and Assessment.  A biodiversity scientist, John has more than 25 years of experience in biodiversity science and policy and has held various global roles on the IUCN Species Survival Commission, CITES and IPBES.

Jamidu Katima is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Vice-Chancellor of Kampala International University. He has conducted research works on topics like reaction kinetics of chemicals, waste stabilization ponds, constructed wetlands, biofuels, and non-burn medical waste treatment technologies.

Professor Graciela Metternicht is an environmental geographer who works at the interface of science and policy for sustainable development. With over two decades of experience in applied research, training and as an adviser on environmental management, her skills range from development of tools and approaches to map and monitor land degradation processes and for land use change, to operationalisation of socioecological frameworks for sustainable land management.

Dr. Blake Ratner is Executive Director, Collaborating for Resilience—a cross-regional, non-profit initiative working to address environmental resource competition and strengthen governance and livelihood resilience in interconnected resource domains and landscapes.

Dr. Thomas Lovejoy is an ecologist and conservation biologist who has worked in the Amazon on science and conservation since 1965. He was the first to use the term biological diversity and to project global extinctions (both 1980). Dr. Lovejoy has worked on biodiversity and climate change and co-edited three books on the subject (1992, 2005 and 2019). The concept of debt-for-nature swaps was originated by Dr. Lovejoy in 1984.

Dr. Mark Stafford Smith is based in Canberra, Australia, and contributes to research on adaptation and sustainable development. He has recently retired from CSIRO, Australia's national research organisation, where he oversaw a highly interdisciplinary program of research on many aspects of adapting to climate change, as well as regularly interacting with national and international policy issues around sustainable development.

Chris Whaley is a senior policy advisor with extensive experience of global agreements on climate change, biodiversity, chemicals, forestry, and sustainable development, working in the U.K., EU, internationally, as a diplomat and in the UN system.

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