Welcome to the NbS Conference team. Scroll down to find details of our steering and local organising committees.

Steering committee

  • Achala Abeysinghe | Global Green Growth Institute

    Achala is the Country Representative for Papua New Guinea (PNG), leading GGGI country programme on green growth and climate resilience. She was principal researcher in IIED's Climate Change research group, and head of its global climate law, policy and governance programme, until July 2019. Achala is an expert on legal issues in international climate change negotiations. She is currently legal and technical adviser to the chair of the Least Developed Countries group for the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.
    Visit profile page
  • Sandra Diaz | Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

    Sandra is a professor of ecology at the National University of Córdoba. She studies the functional traits of plants and investigates how plants impact the ecosystem. Sandra is a senior member of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council and the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina. She was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in 2019, and is senior author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity Ecosystem Services 2019 Global Assessment Report.
    Visit profile page
  • Musonda Mumba | UN Environment

    Musonda is the head of the UN Environment’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030). She was previously the coordinator for UNEP’s Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Programme within the Climate Change Adaptation team. Her responsibilities include providing technical expertise to governments globally, developing appropriate policy dialogue, guidance and other technical/programmatic support. A Zambian national, Musonda received her BSc. Ed degree at University of Zambia and her PhD at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology.
    Visit profile page
  • Michael Obersteiner | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

    Michael is Program Director of the Ecosystems Services and Management Program at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Luxembourg, Austria. He leads large scale interdisciplinary research projects in the fields of integrated assessment of climate, energy and land-use. Currently he serves in UNEP’s international resource panel, is lead convening author of two IPBES chapters and a steering member to UNISDR’s Global Assessment report.
    Visit profile page
  • Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham | IUCN

    Emmanuelle leads the IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management’s Nature-based Solutions Thematic Group, and previously led its Ecosystem Services Thematic Group. She works as consultant and has 17 years of experience as coordinator, researcher, project and group lead, in the fields of nature conservation, ecosystem services and management, environmental sciences and policy.
    Visit profile page
  • Claire Kremen | University of British Colombia

    Claire is Professor and President’s Excellence Chair In Biodiversity at the University of British Columbia. She investigates how to reconcile biodiversity conservation with agricultural production. Using field, lab, and modeling studies on a variety of taxonomic groups, she investigates nature-based management practices for solving agricultural problems like crop pollination, soil fertility and pest control, and how these management practices can promote the dispersal and persistence of not only critical ecosystem service providers, but also biodiversity in general. She has published over 130 papers and is the Field Chief Editor for Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems.
    Visit profile page
  • Lynn Scarlett | The Nature Conservancy

    Lynn is Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations at The Nature Conservancy. She influences policies that support all of our climate and conservation priorities —in the United States and the 72 countries in which TNC influences conservation. During the GW Bush Administration, she was the Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she also served as the Acting Secretary of the Interior in 2006. While Interior’s Deputy Secretary, Lynn initiated and chaired the Department’s Cooperative Conservation Working Group and its first-ever Climate Change Task Force.
    Visit profile page
  • Robin Chazdon | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland

    Robin recently retired from 28 years of teaching at the University of Connecticut, USA and has been studying tropical forest ecology for more than 45 years. Robin served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biotropica, as President of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and as a member-at-large of the governing board of the Ecological Society of America.
    Visit profile page
  • Dilys Roe | International Institute for Environment and Development

    Dilys leads IIED’s work on biodiversity and conservation. Her work focuses on the human dimensions of conservation – including understanding and supporting the necessary conditions for effective community-based conservation.
    Visit profile page
  • Joachim Claudet | National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

    Joachim specializes in linked coastal social-ecological research at the land-sea interface, using place-based case studies to inform management or meta-analyzes to impact policy. he is interested in research that helps design environmental assessments, implement management plans, build indicators and develop decision-making tools.
    Visit profile page
  • Lucy Emerton | Environment Management Group

    Lucy Emerton is an environmental economist specialising in ecosystem valuation and the development of innovative finance and incentive mechanisms. Currently Conservation Economics and Finance Director of the Environment Management Group, a consultancy group and think-tank, her experience over the last 30 years spans more than 70 countries in in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and Latin America.
    Visit profile page
  • Dustin Garrick | University of Oxford

    Dustin is a Departmental lecturer and Senior Research Fellow; Co-Director, Smith School Water Programme and Co-Convener, Oxford Water Network. His work focusses at the interface of water and the economy, specialising in political economy and institutional analysis of water allocation reform and water markets as responses to climate change, urbanization and sustainable development challenges.
    Visit profile page
  • Neil Coles | University of Leeds (and ThinkNature)

    Neil is the Chief Scientist at Relmatech, UK, and is a visiting Senior Cheney Fellow the University of Leeds, UK. He has over 25 years of experience, with a demonstrable record of innovation, leadership, excellence in project design, delivery, implementation and business administration across a diverse range of industries including water resources, mining, oil and gas, agriculture, education and workplace training.
    Visit profile page
  • Yadvinder Malhi | University of Oxford

    As Professor of Ecosystem Science at the School of Geography and the Environment and Programme Leader in Ecosystems at the Environmental Change Institute, Yadvinder's research interests focus on interactions between forest ecosystems and the global atmosphere, with a particular focus on their role in global carbon, energy and water cycles, and in understanding how the ecology of natural ecosystems may be shifting in response to global atmospheric change.
    Visit profile page
  • Christine Wamsler | University of Lund

    Christine is an expert in urban sustainability and transformation with focus on climate change adaptation, climate policy mainstreaming, disaster risk reduction and resilience. She has led many international projects and published more than 100 papers, popular scientific articles, guidelines, book chapters and books. Christine is Professor in Sustainability Science at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS) in Sweden, Research Fellow at the Centre of Natural Disaster Science (CNDS), and Honorary Research Fellow of the Global Urbanism Research Group at the Global Development Institute (GDI) of the University of Manchester, UK.
    Visit profile page

Local organising committee

  • Nathalie Seddon | Nature-based Solutions Initiative

    Nathalie is Professor of Biodiversity and Director at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative at the University of Oxford. An evolutionary ecologist by training, she now works at the interface of biodiversity science and climate change policy.
    Visit profile page
  • Isabel Key | Nature-based Solutions

    A biologist by training, Issy is a Research Assistant at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, and is coordinating the logistics and design of the Conference. Alongside her work at NBSI, she is the lead author and illustrator at Climate Science.
    Visit profile page
  • Cécile A.J. Girardin | Nature-based Solutions Initiative

    Cecile combines years of experience in climate change policy analysis with a background in tropical ecology and thorough understanding of forest ecosystem functioning. She is Technical Director at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, Oxford University.
    Visit profile page
  • Alison Smith | Nature-based Solutions Initiative

    Alison is a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute. She is interested in using interdisciplinary research to find and promote solutions that tackle multiple environmental, economic and social problems. Her current work focuses mainly on ecosystem services, green infrastructure, nature-based solutions and the multiple benefits of climate adaptation and mitigation actions.
    Visit profile page
  • Alexandre Chausson | Nature-based Solutions Initiative

    Alex is a conservation biologist who has worked in Central America and sub-Saharan Africa conducting research on the demand side drivers of the bushmeat supply chain, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, and the impacts of climate and food availability on barn owl reproduction in Switzerland. He is Senior Researcher at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, Oxford.University.
    Visit profile page
  • Pam Berry | Nature-based Solutions Initiative

    Pam is a geographer by training, but has worked on environmental issues throughout her academic career. Firstly, on climate change impacts on biodiversity and conservation and policy responses. She is Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
    Visit profile page
  • Beth Turner | Nature-based Solutions Initiative

    Beth has a background in community ecology as well as human-ecological relationships in tropical regions. She is a Researcher at the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, Oxford University.
    Visit profile page