Keynote Speakers


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.”

Nainoa Thompson

Nainoa Thompson, President and Founder of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and Pwo navigator, has reintroduced the Polynesian art of ocean navigation to the world and dedicated his life to exploring the deep meaning of voyaging. More recently, he has led voyages around the world in order to spread the word about the importance of caring for our planet Earth and our connection to Nature’s roots. He is now inspiring the younger generations to take the lead in our fight against the largest ecological threats today. He will be our closing keynote speaker at this year’s conference.

Rebecca Shaw, MEP, PhD

Rebecca Shaw is Chief Scientist of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she works with global partners to identify the most important and timely scientific questions that challenge the organization’s mission and advance solutions to those challenges. Prior to joining WWF’s leadership team, she worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategy of the Land, Water & Wildlife program. Before that, she served as director of conservation science and associate state director at the Nature Conservancy’s California Chapter. She is a lead author of the section of the 2014 IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report that focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, and serves as a member of the California Climate Adaptation Advisory Panel. She has also researched the impacts of climate change on conservation at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology. Shaw holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and a Ph.D. in energy and resources, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

Plenary Speakers


Cities and the Planet: How Urban Ecosystems Impact the Planet (Day 1)

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD

Jo Ivey Boufford, M.D., is President of the International Society for Urban Health (2017-9) and Clinical Professor of Global Public Health at the College of Global Public Health at New York University and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU School of Medicine. She is the immediate past president of the New York Academy of Medicine (2007-2018) and served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she was the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997. She was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 1992 and served on its Board on Global Health and served two four year terms as its Foreign Secretary from 2003 to 2011. She currently co-chairs the NAM Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Global Health. She was elected to membership of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2015.

Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH

Michele Barry, MD, FACP, FASTMH is the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases at Stanford University. She is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health and Senior Associate Dean for Global Health. As one of the co-founders of the Yale/Stanford Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholar Award program, she has sent over 1500 physicians overseas to underserved areas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low resource settings. As a past President of the ASTMH, she led an educational initiative in tropical medicine and travelers health which culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine both in the U.S. and overseas. Dr. Barry is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine as well as Council for Foreign Relations. She has been selected for Best Doctors in America and is also the 2018 recipient of AMWA’s highest award – the Elizabeth Blackwell medal for creating pathways for women in medicine.

Anna Dyson

Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture and Professor of Forestry & Environmental Studies at Yale. Dyson is also the founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA) within Rudolph Hall connecting to other interdisciplinary labs on campus to collaborate on the vigorous research, development and deployment of novel architectural systems that are focused on reinventing the DNA of the built fabric in order to take on the challenge of metabolizing energy, water and materials within architecture in radically new ways.

Olga L. Sarmiento, MD, MPH, PhD

Olga L. Sarmiento is a Professor of the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine at Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). Dr. Sarmiento research interests include urban health, healthy behaviors, built environment and community interventions among the populations of children and adults in Latin America. Dr. Sarmiento has been a board member of the International Society of Physical Activity and Health and the Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA) council, the Urban Health Network for Latin America and the Caribbean and The International Society of Urban Health. She is currently a researcher of international studies including the Urban Health in Latin America project (SALURBAL), the International Physical Activity, and Environment Network (IPEN), The International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE) the Stanford-Colombia Collaboratory on Chronic Disease (S-C3) and the Our Voice in the city project in Bogotá.

John Rossant

John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of NewCities, a global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He is also leading CoMotion, the global annual event on the future of urban mobility, which takes place in the heart of Los Angeles and Miami. John previously led the production of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and of the e-G8.

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dr. Vlahov is Associate Dean for Research and Professor, Yale School of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Vlahov was Director of the Center for Urban Epidemiologic Studies at the New York Academy of Medicine and the founding President of the International Society for Urban Health. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited four books on urban health, and has published over 666 scholarly papers. He led the Rockefeller Foundation project on the Roundtable for Urban Living Environment Research (RULER) on urban health metrics and a member of the WHO Knowledge Network for Urban Settlements as part of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health. He served on the New York City Board of Health, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine currently serving of the Institute’s Board of Global Health.

Conversation: Mental Health Impacts of Climate Change (Day 1)

Britt Wray

Science storyteller Britt Wray is the author of the book Rise of the Necrofauna: The Science, Ethics and Risks of De-Extinction, a contributing host on the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)’s national science TV show The Nature of Things, co-host of the BBC podcast Tomorrow’s World and guest host of CBC Quirks and Quarks. Over the last decade, Wray has produced narrative science documentaries for outlets such as BBC Radio 4, CBC Radio 1, WNYC’s Studio 360, and Love and Radio. Britt holds degrees in biology and media arts as well as a PhD in Science Communication (with a focus on synthetic biology) from the University of Copenhagen. She is now redirecting her research and practice towards the psychological impacts of the planetary health crisis. Britt is a 2019 TED Resident, a TED speaker, and has been a Visiting Scholar at NYU’s Arthur L Carter Institute for Journalism.

Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD

Vikram Patel, MBBS, PhD is The Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an adjunct professor and joint director of the Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries at the Public Health Foundation of India, honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (where he co-founded the Centre for Global Mental Health in 2008), and is a co-founder of Sangath, an Indian NGO which won the MacArthur Foundation’s International Prize for Creative and Effective Institutions in 2008 and the WHO Public Health Champion of India award in 2016. He was listed in TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015.

Helen Berry, MA, BSc, BAppPsych, PhD, GAICD

Professor Helen Berry MA BSc BAppPsych PhD GAICD is Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at The University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health. She is a widely published and awarded psychiatric epidemiologist specialising in health and wellbeing in the context of climate change, social capital and complex disadvantage in Australia, Europe and Asia. She established the field of climate change and mental health. She is a lead scientist on the Australian MJA-Lancet countdown on health and climate change project and the Australian member of the global Lancet Countdown team. She holds honorary appointments at the University of Melbourne and Macquarie University. She is a director of Altitude Consulting through which she advises government in evidence-based policy and the policy-research relationship and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Can the Private Sector Drive Change? (Day 1)

Katherine States Burke, MBA, MSc

Katherine States Burke, MBA, MSc, is Deputy Director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, where she leads efforts in three focus areas: women’s leadership, planetary health, and initiatives aimed at vulnerable populations. The Center works across Stanford’s seven schools and connects with global partners. In 2017 Kathy played a key role in creating and leading the inaugural “Women Leaders in Global Health” conference, sparking a global movement and an ongoing partnership between Stanford and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Kathy began her career as a reporter, editor and publishing executive. In the past decade, she pursued a longstanding fascination with the health sector, earning a Master of Science in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She also holds an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Alicia Seiger, MBA

Alicia Seiger is a lecturer at Stanford Law School and leads sustainability and energy finance initiatives at Stanford Law, Graduate School of Business and the Precourt Institute for Energy. Alicia serves on the boards of Ceres and Prime, and co-founded Stanford Professionals in Energy (SPIE). A serial entrepreneur and pioneer of new business models, Alicia has been designing and executing climate and energy strategies for businesses, foundations, investors, and NGOs since 2004. She has served on the management teams of multiple startups, including at TerraPass, a pioneer of the US carbon offset market, and Flycast Communications, one of the world’s first web advertising networks. Alicia holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she also worked as a case writer for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, and a BA in Environmental Policy and Cultural Anthropology from Duke University.

Robert Strand, MBA, PhD

Robert Strand is the Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. His research and teaching compares U.S. and Nordic approaches to sustainable and socially responsible business. He has more recently turned attention to contrast varieties of capitalism in the U.S. and Nordic contexts and is currently working on the book project “Sustainable Vikings.” He was a United States Fulbright Scholar to Norway. Prior to joining academia as a professor with the Copenhagen Business School, Strand spent a decade in industry with IBM and Boston Scientific in a range of roles in manufacturing, supply chain, marketing, strategy, and investor relations. He holds a PhD in corporate social responsibility from the Copenhagen Business School, an MBA in international business from the University of Minnesota (completed at HEC-Paris), and a BS in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Gretchen Daily, MS, PhD

Gretchen Daily is Bing Professor of Environmental Science, Senior Fellow in the Stanford Woods Institute, Director of the Center for Conservation Biology, and faculty director of the Natural Capital Project. Daily’s research is on understanding the dynamics of change in the biosphere, their implications for human well-being, and the deep societal transformations needed to secure people and nature. Through the Natural Capital Project, she works extensively with governments, multilateral development banks, businesses, communities, and NGOs. A global partnership that is integrating the values of nature into policy, finance and management globally, its tools and approaches are now used in 185 nations through the Natural Capital Platform. The partnership is increasingly focused on advancing understanding of nature’s contributions to human health. For scalable successes to date, see the forthcoming book, Green Growth that Works: Natural Capital Policy and Finance Mechanisms from Around the World (Island Press, Sept 2019).

Dennis Woodside, JD

Dennis joined Impossible Foods in March 2019 in the newly-created position of President. In this role, Dennis oversees Impossible Foods’ operations, manufacturing, supply chain, sales, marketing and HR functions. Impossible Foods employs about 350 people, mostly in the Redwood City headquarters and at its first manufacturing facility in Oakland. Previously Chief Operating Officer of Dropbox, Dennis is a tech industry veteran and has  more than 25 years of experience at both startups and major multinationals. At Dropbox, Dennis helped Founder Drew Houston build a robust, scalable technology company with millions of customers globally. Dennis helped increase Dropbox’s global revenue to nearly $1.4 billion, and he was part of the company’s IPO in early 2018. Dennis received his Juris Doctorate at Stanford Law School and his BA from Cornell University. Today, Dennis serves on the boards of ServiceNow and the American Red Cross.

John Fullerton

John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor, writer, and some have said philosopher.  He is the founder of the Capital Institute, and author of “Regenerative Capitalism: How Universal Patterns and Principles Will Shape the New Economy” (2015), and, “Finance for A Regenerative World” (2019). After a 20-year career on Wall Street where he was a Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John listened to a persistent inner voice and walked away in 2001 with no plan but many questions.  The questions crystalized into the creation of the Capital Institute in 2010, which is dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in alignment with living systems principles and the wisdom traditions that have stood the test of time. John is the Chairman of New Day Enterprises, PBC, a co-founder of Grasslands, LLC, a board member of the Savory Institute, Stone Acres Farm, and First Crop, PBC and is an adviser to numerous sustainability related initiatives.

Planetary Health Case Study Series (Day 1)

Hilary Duff

As the Planetary Health Alliance’s Freelance Case Study Writer, Hilary Duff has been traveling the world since July 2018, conducting interviews with stakeholders, researchers, and organization leads to build an anthology of 10 planetary health stories. The cases shine a light on cross-sectoral solutions that optimize human health in the face of anthropogenic environmental change. Once published in late 2019, the cases will be available for free online and can be used as an education tool by planetary health practitioners and policymakers alike. Hilary is a multimedia journalist and storyteller. 

Lightning Talks: Round 1 (Day 1)

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.

Valerie Stull, MPH, PhD

Valerie Stull is an interdisciplinary environmental health scientist by training. As a postdoctoral research associate in the Global Health Institute, she is investigating issues at the intersection of agriculture, the environment and global health. Stull explores various aspects of food security and food sovereignty in a changing climate. She has worked in Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, India, Peru and Palestine on research, health and agriculture development projects with non-profit organizations, donor agencies, and governments. At the forefront of Stull’s current research is the MIGHTi Project, which assesses ways to optimize the use of edible insects for human nutrition, smart economic development, recycling and agroecosystem sustainability. MIGHTi is a collaborative research project with several multifaceted projects including evaluations of social perceptions of edible insects, the impact of insect consumption on the human gut microbiome, as well as the nutritional value of insects reared using agricultural byproducts. 

Songhee Han

Songhee graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor of Science Honors in Earth Systems in 2018. She completed her thesis “Effects of Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULC) and Climate Change on Mosquito-Borne Disease Transmission in Colombia: An Integrated Spatiotemporal Approach” under the guidance of prof. Erin Mordecai and Dr. Andy MacDonald. After graduation, she completed her ten-month Fulbright U.S. student research fellowship in Medellín, Colombia. She collaborated with researchers from the World Mosquito Program and the University of Antioquia looking at effects of microclimate and socioeconomic strata on mosquito abundance and disease incidence in Medellín. She founded one of the first One Health student groups in Colombia and presented her preliminary research findings at the Fulbright researcher seminar in Lima, Peru and also at the Instituto Nacional de Salud in Bogotá, Colombia. She looks forward to continue her passion in researching the intersection between environmental change and human health.

Enrique Barros, MD

Enrique Barros is a doctor in a rural under-served community in Southern Brazil, Professor of Medicine in the Universidade de Caxias do Sul, and Chair of the Working Party on the Environment of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA). He is also aWONCA Air Health Train-the-Trainer program participant and co-author of the The Lancet Countdown 2018 Briefing for Brazilian Policymakers. Enrique is currently developing methods to introduce Planetary Health into the medical and life sciences curriculum and serves as a co-organizer of the Porto Alegre Symposium on Planetary Health. Enrique loves to walk in the forest nearby his home, swim in the waterfalls with his wife and two children, and to be surprised by the always changing local biodiversity.

Cristina Tato, PhD

Dr. Tato received a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied transcription factor families and their downstream signaling pathways. As a post-doctoral fellow (NIH and Schering-Plough Biopharma) she continued using in vivo models of infection and autoimmune inflammation, to gain insight into how these transcription factors mediate host resistance to infection, regulate the production of inflammatory cytokines, and affect the development of innate and adaptive immunity. At Stanford’s Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection, Dr. Tato focused on the tactical application of systems immunology methods for studying human health and disease and for evaluating vaccine efficacy. She now leads the Rapid Response Team at the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub where she oversees planning and implementation of Biohub activities to strengthen global emergency response efforts to epidemics.

Mobilizing a Planetary Health Movement (Day 1)

Samuel S. Myers, MPH, MD

Dr. Sam Myers works at the intersection of human health and global environmental change. He received his BA from Harvard College, his MD from Yale Medical School, performed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and received his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Principle Research Scientist, Planetary Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. He is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Myers was Manager of an integrated conservation and development project in the Qomolangma Nature Preserve in Tibet for two years, worked as a fellow at USAID and was a Senior Director at Conservation International, designing and implementing community-level projects integrating population, health, and natural resource management in conservation “hotspots.”

Courtney Howard, MD

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!

Bill McKibben (by video)

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

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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.

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