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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.

Edward R. Carr is Professor and Director of International Development, Community, and Environment (IDCE) at Clark University. A geographer and anthropologist, Dr.

Dr. Ngonidzashe Chirinda is a climate change scientist and an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Tropical Agriculture at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University in Morocco. His research focuses on greenhouse gas emissions, uptake, monitoring, and modelling; identifying and evaluating climate change mitigation options; and assessing environmental policy implications.

Professor Miriam Diamond has gained expertise in chemical contaminants and environmental issues in general, from over three decades of conducting research and teaching at the University of Toronto. She has also been involved in promoting sound chemicals management at national to international scales.

Dr. John Donaldson is a biodiversity scientist and conservation biologist with over two decades of experience working at the interface between biodiversity science and national and international policy.  He has worked mostly in government agencies with a strong focus on strengthening the evidence base for environmental decision making.

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 operationalization 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. Mark Stafford Smith is based in Canberra, Australia, and contributes to research on adaptation and sustainable development. He is retired from CSIRO, Australia's national research organization, 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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