ONet was established and supported by a large number of people who volunteered their time and efforts to help the network grow. Some of these people are listed below. We gratefully acknowledge their support.
Flore Lafaye de Micheaux
Dr Flore Lafaye de Micheaux has worked for the last +20 years in France, India, Ethiopia and Switzerland, dealing with sustainable development, environmental policy and science-policy interface in local, national and international contexts. She holds a PhD in political ecology from University of Lausanne (Switzerland) and pursues some academic activities around water, particularly human-river relations. She is currently IPBES coordinator at IUCN Headquarters to strengthen the IUCN-IPBES strategic partnership; she also supports IPBES Secretariat for stakeholder engagement. Flore strongly believes in collective intelligence and action.
Sunandan Tiwari is the Director, Global Implementation at ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability. He leads the implementation of ICLEI’s global projects and coordinates joint fund-raising at the global and regional scales, fostering collaborations among ICLEI’s offices and partners. He provides strategic guidance on circular development and sustainable mobility, as well as on general program, organizational, and partnership development. Sunandan is a trained ecologist with extensive experience on urban resilience planning and financing, biodiversity management, urban-rural dynamics, and a spectrum of other sectors in the rural domain.
Dr Simone Maynard (Lead, IUCN CEM Ecosystem Services Thematic Group) is an applied multidisciplinary researcher working at the interface of environment/economy/society, specifically ‘ecosystem services’ (the positive contributions of nature to human well-being). Based in Australia, she works globally with diverse stakeholders to achieve development and conservation objectives that address societal challenges. Her strengths are social science methods which she uses to collect, develop and integrate diverse forms of knowledge and data into ecosystem service assessment tools, for use in land-use planning and natural asset management at local to global scales. Dr Maynard's work has won awards, and she has contributed to numerous books and peer reviewed publications. Dr Maynard contributed to the scoping of IPBES Regional Assessments, as well, the Asia Pacific Assessment. She has also facilitated two Stakeholder Days prior to the IPBES Plenary, and the joint IUCN and IPBES workshop at the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016.
Serena Dool holds a PhD in zoology from University College Dublin (Ireland) and has more than 15 years of experience working in Ireland, UK, South Africa, Germany and France on issues related to species diversity and conservation. She is currently working at INRAE-CBGP as a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow to develop a novel method for assessing biodiversity and ecosystem health using non-invasive genetics. Outside of work, she actively participates in local conservation and citizen science projects. Serena is optimistic that there is still time to halt biodiversity loss and is a firm believer in the impact of individual actions.
Dr Paula Drummond is interested in science-society interface, as science and technology policy, impact evaluation, innovation policy and science communication. She is a biologist, specialist in science journalism, and holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (University of Campinas, Brazil). Paula is currently part of the coordination group of the Brazilian Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services - BPBES, a non-governmental and research-based initiative which supports decision makers in Brazil. She believes communication is a powerful tool for the transformative change.
Paola Fontanella Pisa
Paola Fontanella Pisa supports the ONet facilitation team coordinating and facilitating communications with the partner network of the Young Ecosystem Services Specialists (YESS). The YESS Network is ONet member since IPBES 7 (2018) and has been ever since engaged in strengthening synergies towards a better engagement of youth in the science-policy interface towards sustainable development. Working as Programme Associate for the Global Mountain Safeguard Research programme at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Paola’s interest lies specifically in the link between ecosystem services and culture in social-ecological systems.
Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Teina Mackenzie is a Proud Cook Islander and modern-day traditional voyager, literally and figuratively. She holds the position of President of the longest-serving environmental organization in the Cook Islands – Te Ipukarea Society (TIS) which is both an IUCN and BirdLife International member. She’s member of the national Marae Moana Council, the GEF-SGP steering committee and Rarotonga Environment Authority. She’s also involved with Pacific organizations with a focus on Ocean conservation, natural resources use, traditional knowledge and sustainable sea transportation. At international level, Teina is currently part of the Motions Working Group for IUCN 2020 and holds the role of UNESCO Communications Commissioner for the Cook Islands. She has a keen interest in escalating youth into decision-making and believes future solutions for the earth require sound knowledge of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Kia Orana!
Pranab J Patar
New Delhi, India
Dr Pranab J Patar is an environment and sustainability professional with 20 years of experience, he worked with leading national and global organisations. Pranab is Chief Executive of New Delhi based non-profit - Global Foundation for Advancement of Environment and Human Wellness. He has also been members of several prestigious forums including Government appointed committees, IUCN Commissions and other national bodies. His work on ICT for Environment went on to win many awards nationally and regionally.