Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Charles Hopkins
John Robinson
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger
Amareswar Galla

Garden Conversation Sessions

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations – unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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The Speakers

Charles Hopkins
Charles Hopkins is currently the UNESCO Chair at York University in Toronto, Canada where as well as lecturing in the graduate program, he coordinates an international network of teacher education institutions from 55 countries collaboratively working upon the reorientation of elementary and secondary teacher education to address sustainable development. Hopkins is also an advisor to the United Nations University on Education for Sustainable Development and a developer of their Regional Centres of Expertise in ESD.

He is a founder and co-chair of the Sustainability and Education Academy (SEdA) Canada. This is a professional development program designed to assist senior education officials and leaders from ministries of education, school boards and faculties of education in reorienting K-12 school systems to address sustainability. For five years this program has worked across Canada and is now building an international aspect with school officials from other countries.

John Robinson
John Robinson is the Executive Director of the UBC Sustainability Initiative, responsible for leading the integration of academic and operational sustainability on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus. He is also a professor with UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, and the Department of Geography.

Dr. Robinson’s own research focuses on the intersection of climate change mitigation, adaptation and sustainability; the use of visualization, modeling, and citizen engagement to explore sustainable futures; sustainable buildings and urban design; creating partnerships for sustainability with the private, public, non-governmental and research sectors; and, generally, the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), recently opened on the UBC campus, is a major project.

Dr. Robinson is on the Board of the Fraser Basin Council; a member of the BC Hydro External Advisory Committee on Electricity Conservation and Efficiency, and the Steering Group of HELIO International; and on the Editorial Boards of the journals Ecology and Society, Building Research and Information, and the Journal of Industrial Ecology. He was a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation from 2008 to 2010, a member of the Program Committee of the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions from 2008-11, and was a Lead Author in the last three reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. In October 2010, Dr. Robinson was awarded BC Hydro’s Larry Bell Award for contributions to energy efficiency and conservation in British Columbia, and in 2011 he received an Educational Leadership award from the Canada Green Building Council.

Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger is Head of Economic Law for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome, Italy; an Affiliated Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law in Cambridge University, UK; and Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) in Montreal, Canada. Through the IDLO and CISDL, Marie-Claire provides legal advice on the implementation of international sustainable development treaties to the United Nations and to governments in Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas. She serves as Visiting Professor for the University of Chile Faculty of Law, and edits the Cambridge University Press Series on Implementing Treaties on Sustainable Development and the IDLO-CISDL Compendia of Legal Best Practices in Sustainable Development Law.

She serves on the Board of the International Law Association (Canadian Branch), on ILA’s Committee on International Law on Sustainable Development, and on the CD Gonthier Legacy Commission. She also chairs the International Law on Sustainable Development Partnership under the auspices of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, is a Councillor of the World Future Council, and lectures in several universities around the world. She has authored or edited over eighty publications, including fourteen books in three languages such as: Sustainable Development in World Investment Law (Kluwer Law International, 2010) and Sustainable Development in World Trade Law (Kluwer Law International, 2005) with Dr M. Gehring; Sustainable Development Law: Principles, Practices and Prospects (Oxford University Press, 2004) with A. Khalfan; and Sustainable Justice: Reconciling Economic, Social and Environmental Law (Martinus Nijhoff, 2004) with H. E. Judge C.G. Weeramantry. She previously served as Senior Research Director for Sustainable Prosperity, a policy research network on the Green Economy, as A/Director General in Natural Resources Canada in the Canadian civil service, and as an Associate Fellow of the International Institute for Sustainable Development. She holds BA Hons, two law degrees from McGill University, and a masters from Yale University, and did her doctoral research in international law at Oxford University. Her present research focuses on sustainable development in global and regional trade and investment law, international law on climate change, legal preparedness for the green economy, legal aspects of sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources, and questions of law, governance and inter-actional regimes.

Chairperson, Sustainability Knowledge Community

Amareswar Galla
Galla_Image_April-2011An alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Professor Dr. Amareswar Galla is the founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum. In the past decade he was Professor & Director of Sustainable Heritage Development programs, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, at the Australian National University, Canberra and Australia’s first Professor of Museum Studies at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. He worked at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, on Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion in the Netherlands. He is the Guest Curator of International Projects with the Vietnam National Department of Cultural Heritage. He is the first Australian elected as the President of the Asia Pacific Executive Board (1998-2004) – Chairperson of the Cross Cultural Task Force (2005-2011) – and Vice President of the International Executive Council (2004-2007) – of the International Council of Museums, Paris. A founding Trustee of the Pacific Islands Museums Association and Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums, he is the Editor of three research journals dealing with Sustainable Heritage Development: International Journal of the Inclusive Museum ( Chicago/Melbourne; International Journal on Intangible Heritage ( Seoul/Paris; International Journal on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability ( Chicago/Melbourne. He spends half the year building community grounded museums addressing MDGs with the help of his graduate students in countries with low economic indicators.

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