Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Strengthening Capacity to Manage Ecosystems Sustainably for Human Well-Being

People: Board

On this page: Board Co-Chairs | Institutional Representatives | Members At-Large

The Board of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment represents the users and audiences for the findings of the MA and helps to ensure that the MA will produce information and build capacity needed by the users of the Assessment at local, national, regional, and global scales. The Board also appoints the Director and the chairs of the Assessment Panel and Working Groups, approves the budget and workplan, selects the institutions that will provide administrative support, and will ultimately receive and approve the findings of the Assessment. The Board is comprised of individuals representing specific institutions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, and other individuals selected in their personal capacity as representatives of government, scientific communities, the private sector and NGOs. The Board met for the first time in July 2000 in Trondheim, Norway and met annually during the course of the Assessment.

Board Co-Chairs

  • A.H. Zakri, Director, Institute of Advanced Studies, United Nations University
  • Robert Watson, Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor ESSD, World Bank

Institutional Representatives

  • Salvatore Arico, Programme Officer, Division of Ecological Science, UNESCO
  • Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary, UNCCD
  • Adel El-Beltagy, Director General, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, CGIAR
  • C. Max Finlayson, Chair, Science and Technical Review Panel, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
  • Colin Galbraith, Chair, Scientific Council, CMS
  • Erica Harms, Senior Program Officer for Biodiversity, United Nations Foundation
  • Robert Hepworth, Acting Executive Secretary, CMS
  • Olav Kjørven, Director, Sustainable Energy and Environment Division, UNDP

  • Kerstin Leitner, Assistant Director-General, Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, WHO

  • Alfred Oteng-Yeboah, SBSTTA Chair (outgoing), CBD
  • Christian Prip, SBSTTA Chair (incoming), CBD
  • Mario Ramos, Biodiversity Program Manager, Global Environment Facility
  • Thomas Rosswall, Director, International Council for Science - ICSU
  • Achim Steiner, Director General, IUCN-World Conservation Union
  • Halldor Thorgeirsson, Coordinator, Methods, Inventories and Science Program, UNFCCC

  • Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Jeff Tschirley, Chief, Environmental Service, Research, and Training Division, FAO
  • Riccardo Valentini, Chair, Committee on Science and Technology, UNCCD
  • Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary, CBD

Members At-Large

  • Fernando Almeida, Executive President, Business Council for Sustainable Development, Brazil
  • Phoebe Barnard, Global Invasive Species Programme, National Botanical Institute, South Africa
  • Gordana Beltram, Undersecretary, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
  • Delmar Blasco, Former Secretary General, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Spain 
  • Antony Burgmans, Chairman, Unilever N.V., The Netherlands
  • Esther Camac, Asociación Ixä Ca Vaá de Desarrollo e Información Indigena, Costa Rica
  • Angela Cropper, President, The Cropper Foundation, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Partha Dasgupta, Professor, Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge, UK
  • José María Figueres, Managing Director, Center for Global Agenda, World Economic Forum, Switzerland 
  • Fred Fortier, Indigenous Peoples' Biodiversity Information Network, Canada
  • Mohammed Hassan, Executive Director, Third World Academy of Sciences, Italy
  • Jonathan Lash, President, World Resources Institute, USA
  • Wangari Maathai, Vice Minister for Environment, Kenya
  • Paul Maro, Professor, Department of Geography, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Harold Mooney, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, USA 
  • Marina Motovilova, Professor, Faculty of Geography, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
  • M.K. Prasad, Environment Centre of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad, India
  • Walter V. Reid, Director, Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (ex officio), Malaysia and USA
  • Henry Schacht, Past Chairman of the Board, Lucent Technologies, USA
  • Peter Johan Schei, Director, Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway
  • Ismail Serageldin, President, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt
  • David Suzuki, Chair, David Suzuki Foundation, Canada
  • M.S. Swaminathan, Chairman MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
  • José Galízia Tundisi, President, International Institute of Ecology, Brazil
  • Axel Wenblad, Vice President Environmental Affairs, Skanska AB, Sweden
  • Xu Guanhua, Minister, Ministry of Science and Technology, China
  • Muhammad Yunus, Managing Director, Grameen Bank, Bangladesh