Breakout Speakers

Compound Disaster Risks of Climate Change

Joy Shumake-Guillemot, DrPH, MSc

Joy Shumake-Guillemot leads the Joint Office for Climate and Health between the World Health Organization and World Meteorological Organization (WHO/WMO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She is an environmental health scientist and public health practitioner who has spent twenty years working amongst international organizations and developing countries to develop public health policy and programming for climate adaptation and risk management. She has lived in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, launching public health and humanitarian assistance programmes. Her current work focuses on enabling interagency and interdisciplinary cooperation to improve foresight and preparedness for the future risks of climate change in the health sector. She is the founder and co-coordinator of the Global Heat Health Information Network; and plays a leading coordination role for the Health, Environment, and Climate Change Coalition led by the UN Environment, WHO, and WMO.

Kristie L. Ebi, MS, MPH, PhD

Kristie L. Ebi is has been conducting research and practice on the health risks of climate variability and change for more than twenty years, including on extreme events, thermal stress, foodborne safety and security, and vectorborne diseases. She focuses on understanding sources of vulnerability, estimating current and future health risks of climate change, and designing adaptation policies and measures to reduce climate change-related risks in multi-stressor environments. She has worked in Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific. She was a lead author for the IPCC special report on warming of 1.5°C, and of the 4th US National Climate Assessment. She also co-chairs the International Committee On New Integrated Climate change assessment Scenarios (ICONICS). Dr. Ebi has edited fours books on aspects of climate change and has more than 200 publications.

Putting Women at the Forefront of Planetary Health Solutions

David López-Carr, PhD (lead)

David López-Carr is Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is Population-Environment Area Director for the Broom Center for Demography and co-Director of the UC Global Health Institute Planetary Health Center of Expertise. He recently served as Chair of the UC Faculty Senate Committee on Affirmative Action, Diversity and Equity. López-Carr’s research focuses on links among population, health, and the environment through projects in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and California. López-Carr is a Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and recipient of the Outstanding Population Research Award of the Association of American Geographers. He has authored with colleagues and with more than 50 student mentees over 160 publications thanks to funding from over 50 fellowships, grants, and awards from NASA, NSF, NIH, NOAA, the UN, the Mellon and Fulbright Foundations, and numerous other sources.

Ndola Prata, MD, MSc

Ndola Prata is a public health physician and medical demographer from Angola. Her current research is based in sub-Saharan Africa, she is especially interested in reproductive and maternal health, gender, women’s health and empowerment and adolescent voice and agency. Her research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions that maximize distribution and financing mechanisms to increase access and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services, particularly for the underserved populations. Her projects investigate strategies for harnessing existing resources, including human capacity and health care infrastructure while also gathering evidence for setting priorities on national health agendas. Dr. Prata teaches courses and has published on topics related to family planning, financing and ability to pay for reproductive health programs, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, priorities for maternal health, the use of misoprostol in obstetrics, and women’s empowerment, fertility and family planning.

Alisha Graves, MPH

Alisha Graves is President of Venture Strategies for Health and Development (VSHD), a California-based nonprofit organization. VSHD aims to help stabilize global population by securing women’s freedom to choose their family size. Alisha is passionate about population stabilization being achievable within a human-rights framework and as an imperative for global sustainability. She believes that girls’ education and voluntary family planning are triple wins for women, development, and our planet. Alisha is also Co-founder of the OASIS Initiative and lectures internationally on population and food security in the Sahel. OASIS is a project of the University of California, Berkeley and stands for Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel. Its mission is to build the evidence base and local leadership necessary to help overcome the most serious development challenges in the Sahel region of Africa. OASIS is focused on three “pillars” critical for the region: 1) educate and empower adolescent girls, 2) expand access to voluntary family planning, and 3) adapt agricultural practices to climate change.

Kristen P. Patterson, MPH, MSc

Kristen P. Patterson is program director of People, Health, Planet in International Programs. She joined PRB in 2014, where her focus is connecting human and planetary health. She has over 20 years’ experience working at the nexus of community development, health, and conservation. Previous positions include managing external affairs for the Africa Region of The Nature Conservancy, working as a USAID Population–Environment Fellow in Madagascar, and conducting research on farmer-herder conflict in Niger. She holds a Master of Public Health with a focus in women’s and reproductive health from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree in conservation biology and sustainable development and a certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and a bachelor’s in biology and environmental studies from Colby College. She served in the Peace Corps in Niger.

Clive Mutunga

Clive Mutunga is Senior Technical Advisor in Population, Environment and Development at the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, where he oversees and coordinates USAID’s work that focuses on the linkages between population, environment and development, including the intersections and integration of family planning and the environment. Trained at the University of Nairobi and the University of Pretoria, Clive is an expert in environment and natural resource economics, and has conducted research on linking population, gender, climate change, and environment.

Suzanne York, MPP

Suzanne is the director of Transition Earth, a project of Earth Island Institute that promotes human rights and nature’s rights in a world of unsustainable growth. Previously Suzanne was Senior Writer and Program Director with the Institute for Population Studies in Berkeley, CA, where her work focused on the interconnectedness of population growth with women’s empowerment, human rights, consumption, alternative economies, and the environment. Suzanne’s writing appears on the blog 6 Degrees of Population. She is the author of several reports, including Peoples’ Rights, Planet’s Rights: Holistic Approaches to a Sustainable Population and Prioritizing the PHE Approach: Linking Population, Health, and Environment for a Better World. As research director with the International Forum on Globalization, Suzanne was a contributing author to Paradigm Wars: Indigenous Peoples’ Resistance to Economic Globalization.

Denise R. Dunning, MA, MPA, PhD

Dr. Denise Raquel Dunning is a powerful advocate for girls and women. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Rise Up, which advances health, education, and equity globally. Since the organization’s founding in 2009, Rise Up’s global network of 500+ leaders has improved health, education, and rights for 7 million girls, youth, and women, and advocated for over 100 laws and policies impacting 115 million people. Rise Up’s work in 15 countries integrates advocacy, innovative programming, and strategic partnerships with the United Nations and the White House. Denise teaches in the University of California San Francisco’s Masters of Global Health program, and is a Board Member of the Public Health Institute and EngenderHealth. She previously worked for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation and served as a Fulbright Scholar with the Inter-American Development Bank in Honduras. Denise’s recent awards include selection by the Gates Institute’s 120 Under Forty Global Leaders and winner of the Powerful Women of the Bay Area Award.

Jackline Nakajubi, MPH

Jackline coordinates activities of the Health of the People and Environment in Lake Victoria Basin (HoPE LVB) for over 7 years. She has been involved in Pathfinder – led efforts to find lasting solutions to PHE challenges that include declines in land productivity, loss of biodiversity, failing fisheries and poor health in the Lake Victoria Basin. She has been at the forefront of building capacity for staff for organizations that wish to scale up Population Health and Environment (PHE) programs. She has also participated in the designing of a PHE curriculum at Makerere University and Mountains of the Moon University.

Communities, Justice, and Living Systems: Connections for a Healthy and Thriving Future

Margot Parkes, MBChB, MAS, PhD (lead)

Margot Parkes is a Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society, at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Margot works with others – across sectors, disciplines and cultural contexts – to enhance understanding of land, water and living systems (ecosystems) as foundational for health and well-being. Dr. Parkes’s research connects social and ecological determinants of health especially in rural, remote and Indigenous communities, drawing on experience in public health, human ecology and ecohealth spanning New Zealand, Oceania, Europe and the Americas. Margot’s research includes integrative, partnered and Indigenous-informed approaches that expand understanding of watersheds as settings for health, and intersectoral action, and address the health implications of land and water governance. Her leadership includes past President of the International Association for Ecology Health, a founding role in establishing the journal EcoHealth, co-founder of the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Canada) and active roles with the Oceania and Americas chapters of Ecohealth International.

Moses Chimbari

Public Health Research Professor at University of KwaZulu-Natal. Previously he was Deputy Director, Botswana Okavango Research Institute, (2008-2012); Director of Research and Innovation, Zimbabwe National University of Science and Technology (2006-2008) and Director of Zimbabwe University Lake Kariba Research Station, (2000-2006); Moses has over 100 publications on vector borne diseases and health systems research; and has graduated 22 PhD and 11 Masters Students. His research addresses health challenges in context of the socio-ecological environment (Ecohealth Approach). Ecohealth projects he has led include; Malaria and Bilharzia in Agricultural Systems (IDRC; 2002-2004), Botswana Ecohealth Project (IDRC; 2010-2014), Malaria and Bilharzia in Southern Africa (WHO/IDRC; 2013-2017) and Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa – TIBA (NIHR – UK; 2018 – current). He is co-Deputy President for Ecohealth international, co-Deputy Director of TIBA and Member of NIHR Global Health Community Engagement and Involvement Advisory Network. He served on advisory committee of Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation (2011-2015).

Sandy Naranjo

Sandy Naranjo was born and raised in San Ysidro and resides in National City with her husband Andrew McKercher and their children, Frida Ruth and Julius Joseph. Sandy pursued three bachelors’ degrees in honors with major concentrations on Political Science, Political Economy and Economics along with a minor certificate in Women’s studies from CSU San Bernardino. After graduation, Sandy worked in organized labor for 6 years and transitioned her career in the environmental justice movement at Environmental Health Coalition (EHC). At EHC, where she worked with community members to create healthy land use policies in order to transition their community from one that is overburdened with toxic pollution to a healthy thriving one. Sandy is currently the California Organizing Manager at Mothers Out Front where she is focused on mobilizing moms, grandmothers, and caregivers to create policies to end the climate crisis.

Emmanuela Shinta

Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, environmentalist, filmmaker and writer with a reputation for leading and empowering young people. Her work has been recognized widely in Asia Pacific through her YOUTH ACT CAMPAIGN, an indigenous youth move-ment for climate action as the response to forest fire and haze in 2015. With organization called Ranu Welum Foundation which she founded in 2016, she has trained hundreds young indigenous people to use audiovisual media to speak about indigenous people’s rights. She has been speaking in international forums about Dayak people and bringing the stories from the Kalimantan Island to global audience through films and her book ME, MODERNISM AND MY INDIGE-NOUS ROOTS. She is the founder of the series of International Indig-enous Film Festival in South East Asia. In 2018, Shinta has started her first world storytelling tour with theme Stories That Matter in the United States, Australia, Europe and Asia countries.

Rachel Devi, MD

Rachel is the Project Manager for WISH Fiji, a DFAT funded research project. This research seeks to assess watershed ecosystem-based and health system interventions to address the three plagues (typhoid, leptospirosis and dengue fever) in three sub-catchments in the Central Division of Fiji. Our research group, in partnership with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the multi-sectoral Fijian National Drinking Water Quality Committee, WHO and UNICEF will develop and test feasible approaches that combine field monitoring of water quality and water-related disease with action in the areas of water safety, sanitation and catchment management. Specifically, our project focuses on integrated “up-stream” solutions to prevent, detect and respond to water-related disease in Fiji.

Ecological Solutions: Designing Actionable Pathways to Reduce Infectious Disease and Protect Ecosystems

Giulio De Leo, MSc, Phd (lead)

Giulio De Leo is a theoretical ecologist by formation, generally interested in investigating factors and processes driving the dynamics of natural and harvested populations and in understanding how to use this knowledge to inform practical management. In recent years, he has been particularly interested in investigating factors and processes that provide resilience of natural or managed population to natural and anthropogenic stressors, environmental shocks and climate change. He studies resilience from two very different points of view: on the one hand, he has focused his attention on populations that prove to be resilient despite our effort to control or eradicate them, namely parasitic and infectious diseases. On the other hand, he has been working extensively to understand how to increase resilience of population of commercial or conservation interest to extensive harvesting, environmental shocks, climate change and land use change. 

Susanne Sokolow, PhD, DVM (lead)

Dr. Sokolow is a disease ecologist and veterinarian at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station and UC Santa Barbara’s Marine Science Institute. As Executive Director of Stanford’s new Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment, she is interested in discovering and promoting ecological solutions that benefit human health and a healthy environment. As part of her research program, she founded The Upstream Alliance, a research initiative joining partners across the globe for reduction of the parasitic disease: schistosomiasis.

Skylar Hopkins, PhD

Dr. Skylar Hopkins is a postdoctoral scholar at Virginia Tech who works at the intersection of conservation and infectious disease ecology. She is a quantitative ecologist working at individual- to ecosystem-level scales to answer basic and applied questions regarding parasite ecology and conservation. Her research integrates several approaches, including experiments, field studies, mathematical and statistical models, and synthesis science.

Hamish McCallum, PhD

Hamish McCallum is a Professor in Environmental Science at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia, and is leader of the Planetary Health platform within the University’s Environmental Futures Research Institute. He is a disease ecologist with particular interests in wildlife disease and zoonotic disease. Current major research projects include: understanding spillover of the lethal Hendra virus from flying foxes to horses and humans; the effect of anthropogenic environmental change on emerging zoonotic diseases; explaining why some frog populations have recovered following epidemics of the chytrid fungus, whereas others have not; and modelling the spread and impact of Tasmanian devil facial tumour disease, a directly transmitted infectious cancer. In 2011, he was the senior member of a team awarded the Eureka Prize in environmental research (Australia’s premier award in environmental science) for his work on Tasmanian devil facial tumour.

Kinari Webb, MD

Dr. Kinari Webb, MD is an award-winning rainforest conservation advocate, social entrepreneur, and physician. Her successful community engagement efforts in Indonesian Borneo led her to help found two Planetary Health organizations: US-based Health In Harmony and its Indonesian partner ASRI (Alam Sehat Lestari). By listening to communities who live in and around threatened rainforests – and implementing their solutions – these NGOs curb deforestation by addressing some of its root causes: poverty and poor health. Currently Health In Harmony is working with Stanford researchers to publish its extraordinary initial results, while expanding its reach into rainforest ecosystems around the world, beginning with replication sites in Madagascar and the Brazilian Amazon. Dr. Webb is an Ashoka Social Entrepreneur Fellow, Rainier Arnhold Fellow, Stanford Executive Program alumna, Entrepreneurs Organization member, and graduate of Yale Medical School.

Sarah Zohdy, PhD

Dr. Sarah Zohdy is an Assistant Professor of Disease Ecology at Auburn University with a joint appointment in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences and Department of Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Zohdy is interested in the ecological and evolutionary drivers of disease in human and animal communities. Her research team works all over the globe with long term field sites in Madagascar and along the Gulf coast of the United States evaluating how anthropogenic disturbance influences the transmission of vector-borne diseases that threaten human and wildlife health. Through this research they aim to understand the underlying mechanisms that drive disease emergence. The ultimate goal is to integrate with stakeholders and apply research findings to develop conservation-based interventions which can be used to simultaneously improve human and ecosystem health.

Rising to the Challenge: Scaling Freshwater Solutions

Lisa Mandle, PhD (lead)

Lisa Mandle is a Lead Scientist at the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University. Her research is focused on the impacts of land management and infrastructure development on ecosystem service provision and on the social and economic equity dimensions of ecosystem service benefits. She is also leading new science in ecosystem change and human health, with practical applications. Mandle has worked with governments, multi-lateral development banks, and nongovernmental organizations to incorporate this understanding into development decisions, particularly in Latin America and Asia. Mandle led development of guidance for the Inter-American Development Bank on integrating natural capital into road planning and investment, and of a decision-support software tool for biodiversity and ecosystem service offsets in Colombia. She has also led trainings around the world on natural capital-based approaches and tools for decision-making.

Peter Gleick, PhD, MSc (moderator)

Dr. Peter Gleick is a world-renowned expert, innovator, and communicator on water and climate issues. In 1987 he co-founded the Pacific Institute, which he led as president until mid-2016, when he became president emeritus. Peter developed one of the first analyses of climate change impacts on water resources, the earliest comprehensive work on water and conflict, and defined basic human need and right to water – work that has been used by the United Nations and in human rights court cases. Also, he pioneered and advanced the concepts of the “soft path for water” and “peak water.” Peter received the prestigious MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He serves on the boards of numerous journals and organizations, and is the author or co-author of many scientific papers and 11 books. Dr. Gleick holds a B.S. from Yale University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Marta Echavarría, MA

Marta has worked in the design, negotiation and development of financial and institutional mechanisms for watershed conservation and protection. She has also led the development of environmental management programs with various agroindustrial sectors in Colombia, Guatemala and Ecuador. Marta is part of the Advisory Committee of the Ecosystem Marketplace since 2008 and the Steering Committee of the Tropical America Katoomba Group since 2006. She was selected Rainer Arnhold Fellow by the Mulago Foundation In 2007 and a Senior Fellow by Ashoka Foundation in 2006. She was a member of the Board of Fundación Natura in Ecuador from 2004-2008. Marta holds a Master’s in Development Studies and a B.A. in Environment Studies from Brown University.

Heather Cooley, MSc

Heather Cooley is the Director of Research at the Pacific Institute. Ms. Cooley conducts and oversees research on an array of water issues, such as sustainable water use and management, safe and affordable drinking water, corporate water stewardship, and climate-resilient water systems. Ms. Cooley is the author of several scientific papers and a contributing author of seven books. She received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for her work on agricultural water conservation and has testified before the U.S. Congress on climate change impacts on agriculture and innovative approaches to solving water problems in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Ms. Cooley has a B.S. in Molecular Environmental Biology and a Master’s degree in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

Richard G. Luthy, PhD, MSc

Richard G. Luthy is the Silas H. Palmer Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt), a four-university consortium that seeks more sustainable solutions to urban water challenges in the arid west. His area of teaching and research is environmental engineering and water quality with applications to water reuse, stormwater use, and systems-level analysis of our urban water challenges. His research addresses management of persistent organic contaminants and contaminants of emerging concern in natural systems that are engineered to improve water quality and protect the environment and human health. Professor Luthy is a past chair of the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board and a former President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. He chaired the NRC’s Committee on the Beneficial Use of Stormwater and Graywater. He is a registered professional engineer, a board certified environmental engineer, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Ramesh Bhushal, MSc (discussant)

Ramesh Bhushal is an environment journalist. He has worked as Principal Environment Correspondent for Nepal’s leading English daily ‘ The Himalayan Times’, Science Reporter for BBC’s Nepali Service, and Program Producer and Presenter for Ujyaalo Radio Network. He manages Internews’ Earth Journalism Network’s ( ) activities in the region as South Asia Content Coordinator and is associated with environmental news site The Third Pole in South Asia as Nepal Editor. Bhushal holds master’s degree in environmental science.

Leadership, Influence, and Power: Working with Policymakers to Advance Planetary Health

Amalia Almada, PhD (lead)

Amalia Aruda Almada is the Senior Program Manager of the Planetary Health Alliance, overseeing the strategic visioning, external relations, and program operations for PHA. She received a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Joint Program and a B.S. in Biology from Georgetown University. Before joining PHA, Dr. Almada was a Policy Analyst in the Policy and Constituent Affairs Division of NOAA’s National Ocean Service. As a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow, she was the primary advisor to the National Ocean Service (NOS) Director and the lead NOS program coordinator for science and policy issues pertaining to the Arctic, National Ocean Policy, and marine planning. Dr. Almada served as the Special Assistant to NOAA’s Senior Arctic Advisor and as the program coordinator of NOAA’s Arctic Team, supporting internal team functions and engagement with external partners, including the White House. Dr. Almada has also served as a Georgetown Science in the Public Interest Fellow in the Public Affairs Office of the Ecological Society of America. 

Courtney Howard, MD (lead)

Dr. Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Canada’s subarctic, and board President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). She was the first author on the 2017 and 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers as well as being the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.Dr Howard has led research into menstrual cups and wildfires, and participated in policy work and advocacy regarding active transport, plant-rich diets, health impact assessments, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, and hydraulic fracturing. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, Health in Harmony, and the Global Climate and Health Alliance, is part of the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate Change and Health, and is on the Planetary Health Alliance’s steering committee. Fall 2019 she begins coordinating global planetary health policy engagement and advocacy with start-up CODAchange. Onwards!

Christine Loh, SBS, JP, OBE

Christine Loh currently works as Chief Development Strategist at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She was Under Secretary for the Environment in the HKSAR Government (2012-17) and a Member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council (1992-97 and 1998-2000). Loh has been active in public policy and politics since the 1980s. She founded and was the CEO of the non-profit think tank, Civic Exchange (2000-2012), and helped to established several non-profit organizations in Hong Kong related to the environment, equal opportunity, arts and culture, as well as human rights. In her Keynote, Loh will be discussing the concept of “Ecological Civilization.”

Tasso Azevedo

Tasso Azevedo is a consultant and social entrepreneur in the fields of forests, sustainability and climate change and general coordinator of the System for Estimation of GHG Emissions (SEEG) and the Initiative for Annual Mapping of Land Cover in Brazil (MapBiomas). Tasso was founder and director of the Institute of Forest and Agriculture Management and Certification (IMAFLORA), Director of the National Forest Program at the Ministry of Environment, Secretary General of the National Forest Commission and former Chief & Director General of the Brazilian Forest Service. Tasso was one of the key people involved in the design and implementation the National Plan to Combat Deforestation in the Amazon, the Amazon Fund and the Brazilian targets to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. He is Brazil Lab Affiliated Scholar at Princenton University. In 2013 he won the Bright Award, Stanford University’s Global Sustainability Award, was a TED Global Lecturer in 2014 and a climate and forest consultant for the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Admire Nyamwanza, PhD

Dr. Admire Nyamwanza is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Economic Performance and Development Unit. Admire joined the HSRC from the University of Cape Town’s African Climate and Development Initiative where he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He holds a PhD in Development Policy and Management from the University of Manchester (UK) obtained in January 2013, and a Masters in Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Zimbabwe. Admire’s research interests revolve broadly around climate change adaptation, livelihoods in developing country communities, natural resources management as well as household and community resilience. Admire has primary fieldwork experience in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Namibia, South Africa and to a limited extent, Zambia and Mozambique where he has conducted research on livelihoods in rural communities, resilience to climate variability and change, agricultural decision-making and farmer climate information needs. Admire has published in peer-reviewed international journals and presented papers at various international conferences.

Daniel Kammen, PhD

Dr. Daniel M. Kammen is a Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, with parallel appointments in the Energy and Resources Group where he serves as Chair, the Goldman School of Public Policy where he directs the Center for Environmental Policy, and the department of Nuclear Engineering. Kammen is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL;, and was director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center from 2007 – 2015.

Elizabeth Baca, MD, MPP

Dr. Elizabeth Baca is a social entrepreneur, policy maker, and physician who is passionate about innovations to foster total health and well-being. She served both administrations of Governor Brown and Governor Newsom first as Senior Health Advisor and then Deputy Director in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. She has worked on a variety of projects to foster health through planning, systems change, food systems, and big data. Much of her work is about connecting the dots, and she loves working across sectors to foster collaboration. A significant part of her work is aligning win-wins for projects that offer co-benefits, particularly with respect to climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. In the Brown administration, she led the efforts with dozens of partners, to integrate health as a key issue in the Global Climate Action Summit. Additionally, as part of the summit, she helped launch the California Health Care Climate Alliance, again with many partners, to bring health systems and policymakers together to work at the nexus of health and climate change. Dr. Baca serves as a council member for the World Economic Forum and previously for the National Academy of Sciences (formally Institute of Medicine) Consensus Committee for Community Based Solutions to Promote Health Equity.

Chris Field, PhD

Chris Field is the Perry L. McCarty Director of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Melvin and Joan Lane Professor for Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies at Stanford University. Prior to his 2016 appointment at the Stanford Woods Institute, Field was a staff member at the Carnegie Institution for Science (1984-2002) and founding director of the Carnegie’s Department of Global Ecology (2002-2016). Field’s research focuses on climate change, ranging from work on improving climate models to prospects for renewable energy systems and community organizations that can minimize the risk of a tragedy of the commons. He has been deeply involved with national and international-efforts to advance understanding of global ecology and climate change. Field was co-chair of Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (2008-2015), where he led the effort on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation” (2012), and “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (2014).

Engaging the World’s Youth

Naglaa El-Abbadi, PhD, MPH (lead)

Naglaa Hani El-Abbadi is a postdoctoral fellow at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, working with Dr. Renata Micha and Dr. Jeffrey Blumberg. Naglaa’s recent research efforts primarily relate to environmental sustainability of food and dietary patterns – specifically, identifying and examining food intake patterns that enhance overall diet quality and health outcomes within ecologically viable parameters. Her research interests also include the role of nutrition and dietary intake in immune function and inflammation. Her doctoral thesis focused on the development of the Dietary Environmental Index (DEX) as a scoring system that includes both nutritional and environmental impact assessment for a wide range of foods consumed in the United States, and its application to evaluate the sustainability of empirical as well as simulated diet pattern models.

John Balbus, MD, MPH

John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., is the Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where he directs the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences. He serves as HHS Principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and also co-chairs working groups on Climate Change and Human Health for the US Global Change Research Program and for the National Institutes of Health. Balbus was co-convening lead author for the 4th US National Climate Assessment as well as a lead author on the GCRP Special Report on the Health Impacts of Climate Change in the United States. He is co-author of the HHS guide document “Primary Protection: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate.”

Melvine Otieno (by video)

Melvine Otieno is a planetary health student ambassador 2019.She founded and chairs the University of Eldoret Planetary Health Society. She has actively engaged the student communities, policy makers and the broader community in Kenya around planetary health, specifically local conservation of wetland, solid waste management, educational efforts, student/community organizing and promotion of PH. She has a BSC in Environmental Biology and Health and currently pursuing MSC in Environmental Health from the University of Eldoret. Her main interest is linking environmental quality and health issues specifically how human activities on the catchment of Lake Victoria affect the quality of fish. She is a member of Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH), Planetary Health Alliance (PHA), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Africa Network for Internationalization of Higher Education (ANNIE).She aspires to participate with the global society in building planetary health, solving environmental and health issues by connecting academic knowledge with practice to students and engaging policy makers.

Danielle Platt

More information coming soon.

Darrell Steely, MA

Darrell Steely currently teaches middle school science at Carmel Middle School. Darrell also helps design outdoor education lessons with the school district’s teachers and co-manages the district’s 10-acre habitat with MEarth, an environmental nonprofit. He is also a member of the statewide California Environmental Literacy Initiative that helps promote environmental literacy for all students in California. In addition to teaching middle school NGSS science, he has taught high school biology, conceptual physics, AP Biology, and AP Environmental Science. Darrell received a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a M.A. in Biology from Humboldt State University. When he is not teaching, he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two children.

Ana Gonzalez Guerrero

As Co-Founder and Managing Director at the Youth Climate Lab, Ana leads the operations of the organization, developing and implementing resources needed to accelerate our impact by empowering youth in climate entrepreneurship and policy. Ana also leads an Innovation Fund through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partnership for Municipal Innovation in Local Economic Development. This fund provides small-scale granting for innovative solutions that benefit communities, with a particular focus on women and youth, across six countries. Prior to her current roles, Ana worked with the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program, supporting over 340 local governments in their efforts to take action on climate change across Canada. She was also a long-time volunteer with Green Economy Canada and Sustainable Waterloo Region where she became passionate about community-led action, and the need to connect those efforts to national and international policy levels.

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