Past members of the facilitation team

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

 Lausanne, Switzerland

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

 Bonn, Germany

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.

 Simone Maynard

 Queensland, Australia

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.