Aaron Bernstein


Aaron Bernstein, MD, MPH, is on faculty at Harvard Medical School and is the Associate Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment. His work examines the human health dimensions of global environmental change, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, with the aim of promoting a deeper understanding of these subjects among policy makers, educators, and the public. Along with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Eric Chivian, he co-authored the Oxford University Press book Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. The book has been widely acclaimed, including by Al Gore, Kofi Annan, and Gro Brundtland, and was named the best biology book of 2008 by the Library Journal. Dr. Bernstein is a past recipient of a Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship (2008) and has received Stanford University’s Firestone Medal for Research. He is course director for Human Health and Global Environmental Change, offered jointly at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, the only such course offered at a medical school in the US.

Dr. Kristina M Johnson


Dr. Kristina M. Johnson was Under Secretary for Energy at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. until end-2010. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Johnson was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.S. (with distinction), M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After a NATO post-doctoral fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, she joined the University of Colorado-Boulder’s faculty in 1985 as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to full Professor in 1994. From 1994 to 1999 Dr. Johnson directed the NSF/ERC for Optoelectronics Computing Systems Center at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University, and then served as Dean of the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University from 1999 to 2007.

Dr. Niall McDonough


Dr. Niall McDonough is Executive Scientific Secretary of the European Marine Board and Head of Marine Sciences at the European Science Foundation. The Marine Board is Europe’s foremost marine science policy think-tank, delivering strategy and foresight to advance European research focused on seas and oceans. Niall originally trained as a marine biologist, obtaining a first class honours degree from Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from Queen’s University Belfast. He has previously served as Development Manager with the Environmental Change Institute at NUI Galway, and Manager of the Centre for Marine Resources and Mariculture at Queen’s. In the latter role, he provided scientific advice to the Northern Ireland Government and chaired the Northern Ireland Review of Inshore Fisheries in 2005-2006. From 2007 to 2009 he worked with the Irish Marine Institute’s International Co-operation Programme to develop Ireland’s international collaborative research efforts in marine science and technology.

Cathal O’Donoghue


Cathal O’Donoghue has been since 2005, Head of Teagasc’s (Irelands Agriculture and Food Development Authority) Rural Economy and Development Programme, one of the 4 research programmes of Teagasc managing a team of research economists, extension specialists, survey staff and support staff and a budget of about €6m. He is a member of the board of Teagasc’s research directorate. He was a member of the Fund Council of CGIAR, a $1 billion a year International Agri-Food Research organisation. From 2012-2014, he was CEO of the Irish Government’s Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas 2012-2014, Chairman of the Irish Sport Horse Strategy Committee 2013-2015, is currently President of the International Microsimulation Association and is on the Executive of the UK Agricultural Economics Society. He is a UCC graduate, a Statistician and Economist by training, with post graduate degrees from Oxford, UCD, the LSE, and Warwick, having worked previously at the ESRI, UK Government Economics Service, the University of Cambridge and NUI Galway. His personal research programme involves the development and use of policy simulation models, for which he holds a Chair(extra ordinary (adjunct)) at the University of Maastricht, as well as Adjunct positions in UCD and NUIG. He has published over 150 research papers, 4 books and supervised over 20 PhD students to completion. He has been an advisor to many international organisations and was a long term advisor to the UK Government’s Department of Work and Pensions on policy modelling earlier in his career.


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